Why Creator Neil Gaiman Waited 33 Years to Bring ‘The Sandman’ to the Screen

Why Creator Neil Gaiman Waited 33 Years to Bring ‘The Sandman’ to the Screen
Neil Gaiman’s mythology-bending comic book series “The Sandman” is finally arriving on the screen courtesy of Netflix 33 years after it was first published in 1989. But the series, which debuts on August 5, is not the first attempt to translate Gaiman’s critically acclaimed best selling graphic novels. Instead, it’s the first to make it across the finish line thanks to the narrative and technological advancements the source material required of the television medium.

“What I needed above all else was a world in which you could take the first two volumes of ‘Sandman’ and make them into 10 episodes of high quality television,” Gaiman, who serves as an executive producer and writer on the series, told TheWrap.

The Sandman” is a fascinatingly long and dense tale that doesn’t easily lend itself to straightforward adaptations. The comic series follows Morpheus, an anthropomorphic personification of Dreams, and one of the seven
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