Neil Gaiman Explains Why Attempts To Adapt The Sandman To Film Haven’t Worked
Neil Gaiman explains why The Sandman had to be a show. First released in 1989, the comic series The Sandman de Gaiman tells the story of Sueño, the anthropomorphic embodiment of dreams. The upcoming Sandman series features Tom Sturridge In the role of Sleep with secondary members as Boyd Holbrook, Jenna Coleman, Gwendoline Christie, Mason Alexander Park y Patton Oswaltamong others.
In an interview with The Wrap, Gaiman explains why an adaptation of the show didn’t happen sooner, commenting that previous attempts to adapt the comics into a movie failed because it is not possible to tell the story in just two hours. Netflix was hugely important to a faithful adaptation of The Sandman, Gaiman explains, because it allowed them the freedom to tell the story over a span of many chapters with a big enough budget.
Neil Gaiman explains why it is not possible to adapt his work to the cinema
“What I needed above all else was a world where you could take the first two volumes of Sandman and turn them into 10 high-quality television episodes. Mostly people were just talking about making Sandman movies where you’re trying to solve the problem of taking 3,000 pages of a story and telling it in 120 minutes, which is a lot like trying to put the ocean in a glass of beer. ».
“There really wasn’t a way to do this, to be so faithful and go so deep into the series. There was a proposal that was basically the adventures of Rose Walker and Morpheus as a mysterious figure in the background that would appear from time to time and say things to her in her dreams. And it was like, ‘Well, let’s not do that, okay?’ Now, we are in a world where we have Netflix. We have other streamers with budgets and the desire to do amazing things. And they’ve been incredibly supportive of Sandman the entire time and now we get to show people what we’ve done.”
The Netflix version of The Sandman features Gaiman as executive producer. If the Netflix series manages to excite new and existing fans alike, it’s possible that the story will continue for more seasons.