Neil Gaiman hopes American Gods can get a Sandman TV show off the ground

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Feb 12, 2020, 5:50 PM EST (Updated)

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods series has debuted to generally universal acclaim, and now the author hopes that success can help tip the scales to get his other fantasy opus on the small screen.

Gaiman’s acclaimed graphic novel Sandman has been in and out of film development for years, though Gaiman says he believes the franchise would be a better fit as a prestige TV series. With a film, Gaiman said he worries there will be too much of the story left on the cutting room floor to make it fit. So, he’d like to see the series turned into a TV series of around 80 episodes. With American Gods proving Gaiman adaptations can light up the small screen (along with Fox’s Lucifer), he’s crossing his fingers it could push Sandman forward, too.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments to The Hollywood Reporter:

“The trouble with Warners, and I don't blame them for it, is they know that Sandman is one of the jewels in their crown — and they know that with the jewels in your crown, you make movies out of them. And they know they have Batman. 'We know what we have in Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Sandman… we just can't crack Sandman.' You can't crack it, because it's too big!

For a long time, I've been saying with a movie, you'll have to throw so many things out. Why not take all the things that make [it difficult to adapt], take all the bugs in Sandman, and make them features. The fact that you have 75 issues, plus a whole bunch of stories? You have 80 episodes. That's a good thing! The fact that you have adult themes and adult things? That's now a good thing. It will be very strange to take Sandman to TV, but I really do think it's the most important thing we could do. And I hope if American Gods goes big? Between that and Lucifer, that could help.”

What do you think? Would you prefer a Sandman TV series, or film series?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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