In a series of tweets since the news broke, Gaiman, who serves as an executive producer on the adaptation and will be co-writing the pilot with fellow executive producer David S. Goyer and showrunner Allan Heinberg, shared details about the upcoming Netflix original series.
"I'm hoping we can make something on television that feels as personal and true as the best of the Sandman comics did," Gaiman explained. "Just set thirty years later than the Sandman comic."
I'm hoping we can make something on television that feels as personal and true as the best of the Sandman comics did. Just set thirty years later than Sandman the comic. https://t.co/Wy8y4aDbdE— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 1, 2019
No, I will indeed be cowriting the pilot.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 2, 2019
In Variety it stated that David Goyer and I had written a Sandman movie script together in the past. This is an imaginary thing. https://t.co/ymFeazQV43
The first season will be eleven episodes. That's the start of it all. Preludes and Nocturnes and a little bit more. https://t.co/tOlfJ1kS1y— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 2, 2019
No, we're making Sandman. Not reinventing it. https://t.co/M4lJoCG42P— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 2, 2019
Gaiman clarified that no scripts for the television series had been written yet nor that he and Goyer had worked on a planned cinematic adaptation of the long-running comic book series which was, instead, penned by Jack Thorne four years ago when Joseph Gordon-Levitt was attached to the project.
Confirming that the first season will be eleven episodes, Gaiman also revealed that it would be an adaptation of the first story arc -- Preludes & Nocturnes -- rather than the entire series, albeit updated for modern day audiences rather than being a complete reinterpretation of the series.
The Sandman is an adaptation of the universally acclaimed Vertigo series of the same name by Neil Gaiman. The Netflix series is developed, co-written, and executive produced by Allan Heinberg, who also serves as the series' showrunner. Gaiman and David S. Goyer will both executive produce and co-write the series. No premiere date has currently been announced by Netflix.