Remember yesterday’s announcement that the planned television adaptation of The Sandman had stalled? It turns out it was all a dream.
Less than 24 hours after Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, Warner Bros. Television’s top choice to develop the Vertigo project, was quoted as saying “Sandman is not in the works, at least for this season,” DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns took to Twitter with a “correction.”
“Correction to world: The Sandman is AWAKE!” he tweeted this afternoon. “Psyched to be working with @neilhimself on developing one of the greatest series ever!”
“@neilhimself” is, of course, the Twitter account of Neil Gaiman, who created the acclaimed series, working with such artists as Mike Dringenberg, Sam Kieth, Dave McKean, Jill Thompson and Charles Vess over the course of 75 issues.
“Sandman in any form — comics to live action — doesn’t work without @neilhimself,” Johns added.
So what do we make of this latest turn? Good question. When the plans for the series were announced in September, it was noted that Gaiman wasn’t involved in the development, “though because it is early in the process, that could change.” That didn’t exactly fill fans of Gaiman, or The Sandman, with confidence. And when Kripke talked to The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, he said he’d spoken to Gaiman about an adaptation, but didn’t indicate he’d worked with the writer.
Perhaps realizing that, in Johns’ words, that Sandman “doesn’t work without” Gaiman, Warner Bros. and DC pulled the brakes on a Kripke-led project so they could chart another course with The Sandman creator.