Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman has hit yet another bump in its long and twisted road to the screen.
It was was revealed in September that Warner Bros. Television was negotiating with corporate sibling DC Entertainment to transform the influential Vertigo series into TV drama. But now Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, who was the studio’s top choice to develop the adaptation, says it’s not happening — not any time soon, in any case.
“Unfortunately, for a lot of varying reasons, Sandman is not in the works, at least for this season,” he told The Hollywood Reporter at PaleyFest on Sunday. The adaptation “just didn’t quite happen this season through nobody’s fault, and hopefully we can do it again in the future.”
It’s par for the course for The Sandman, a critical and commercial success that, nevertheless, seems doomed in Hollywood. A move adaptation languished in development throughout the late 1990s, and DC at one point was in talks with HBO and writer-director James Mangold to develop a TV series, but that effort ultimately went nowhere. Likewise, a planned film adaptation of The Sandman spinoff Death: The High Cost of Living stalled again last year following the restructuring of DC and Warner Bros.