It appears that the TV adaption of “The Sandman” is sleeping for now.
Announced last September as a project for Warner Bros. Television, a proposed adaptation of the best-selling and critically acclaimed Vertigo series by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean and a wealth of artists was set to be brought to life by “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke. However, as the Hollywood Reporter is sharing today, the plans for the series have fallen apart before they even got off the ground.
“Unfortunately, for a lot of varying reasons, Sandman is not in the works, at least for this season,” Kripke told the industry trade.
Apparently, the TV writer had gone so far as to meet with Gaiman (who recently inked a deal himself to pen screenplays based on the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West”) and discuss the potential series. “When I saw [Gaiman], I said, ‘Just so you know, I rip you off all the time for the show,’ and he said, ‘I really appreciate that because you and Kevin Smith have both been very public about ripping me off, and I don’t mind if people rip me off, I just want them to be public and admit it,’ ” Kripke recalled.