Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed Vertigo series The Sandman, whose long and march toward the big screen has repeatedly stalled, is in the early stages of development as a television series.
The Live Feed reports that Warner Bros. Television is acquiring the rights from sibling company DC Entertainment, and is talking with several writers-producers about adapting the seminal comic. According to The Hollywood Reporter blog, Eric Kripke, creator of The CW’s cult-hit series Supernatural, is at the top of the list.
The Sandman, published from 1989 to 1996, became the flagship of DC’s Vertigo imprint, spawning numerous spin-off titles, including The Dreaming, three Death projects and the long-running Lucifer series. Although a critical and commercial success, The Sandman seemed doomed in Hollywood, with a movie adaptation languishing in development since the mid-1990s. At one point DC was in talks with HBO and writer-director James Mangold to develop a TV series, but that effort ultimately went nowhere.
According to The Live Feed, Gaiman isn’t involved in the current development, “though because it is early in the process, that could change.”