The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impact the entertainment industry, including Netflix’s planned television adaptation of The Sandman.
In response to a fan question on Tumblr, the Vertigo Comics series co-creator Neil Gaiman noted that the adaptation had been progressing steadily through pre-production before being temporarily suspended due to the global health crisis.
Netflix officially greenlit an adaptation of the acclaimed Vertigo series this past summer, with Gaiman serving as executive producer and co-writer. The award-winning author revealed this past November that he and the writing team had already plotted out the first two seasons of the adaptation, though no start date for principal photography had been set. Gaiman also confirmed the television show would be a faithful adaptation of the original comic book source material.
Created by Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg in 1989, The Sandman follows the Lord of Dreams reclaiming his position after being imprisoned for decades. Universally acclaimed, the series became the flagship title of the Vertigo imprint before the main comic series concluded in 1996.
The Sandman is an adaptation of the universally acclaimed Vertigo Comics series of the same name by Neil Gaiman. The Netflix series is being 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 yet been announced by Netflix.
Neil Gaiman confirmed production on The Sandman Netflix television adaptation is currently on hold.