Neil Gaiman’s epic graphic novel The Sandman is widely considered to be one of the greatest works of fiction alongside the likes of Alan Moore’s Watchmen. Based on the seven endless beings: Dream, Death, Desire, Despair, Destiny, Delirium, and Destruction, The Sandman is a delightful blend of horror, history, and mythology of epic proportions which sets in motion when Dream is held captive by a group of occultists at the beginning of the story. Despite the widespread popularity of the graphic novel, The Sandman was found quite difficult to adapt for the big screen. After being in development hell for years, The Sandman was finally picked up by streaming giant Netflix with Neil Gaiman serving as a producer alongside David Goyer and show developer Allan Heinberg.
After signing a deal back in 2019, Netflix wrapped up filming this August which had begun last October. The English actor Tom Sturridge was revealed to play the role of Morpheus/Dream, the protagonist of the series with Game of Thrones actors Gwendoline Christie and Charles Dance as Lucifer and Roderick Burgess respectively. Boyd Holbrook, Patton Oswalt, Stephen Fry, Asim Chaudhary, Sanjeev Bhaskar, David Thewlis, and Jenna Coleman are also cast in supporting roles. Ahead of its release, Netflix has now released its first teaser of The Sandman. Here’s the teaser:
One of the many reasons for such a long wait in bringing The Sandman into a live-action adaptation was its enormous size paired with Gaiman’s vivid imagination. However, if the first trailer is to be believed, Netflix has seemed to tick all the boxes to breathe life into the colorful pages of Gaiman’s graphic novel. Apart from the teaser, Netflix has also released the posters for Dream, Death, and Desire that beautifully capture Gaiman’s imagination of the Endless beings as the myths blend into reality for a visceral yet beautiful amalgamation that is The Sandman.
The Sandman is expected to release this year with no release date yet confirmed.