Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

By on 2 September 2010

Ever since Sandman first appeared, there has been talk of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman surreal-horror graphic novels moving beyond the page.  The comics followed the titular character of the series, who is the Lord of Dreams.  The series can be summarized, as Gaiman explained in his introduction to Endless Nights, as “The Lord of Dreams learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision.”

With AMC’s Walking Dead TV series being approved for a second season (even before the first season has been aired), it appears other production companies are realizing that horror and comics are both viable commodities.  With Warner Bros. TV having secured the rights to the aforementioned Sandman from their sister company DC.

Strictly speaking, Sandman is more dark-fantasy than horror, but it is as popular as the Walking Dead comic series, and thus has an established fan-base.  Personally speaking, as a reader of the series, I am not sure how well it translate to the small screen.  While the episodic format of comics and broad scope of genres they can draw upon for stories is ideal, the Sandman’s inherently surreal nature may deter casual viewers.

The Sandman is not the only Neil Gaimain graphic novel to be translated.  Neil Gaiman’s three part Death: The High Cost of Living mini-series is currently being developed as “Death and Me” and will also be directed Gaiman himself.

And because I can, here is the video to Metallica’s Enter Sandman.

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