It looks like Neil Gaiman's Sandman may get the prestige TV treatment at Netflix. While the report is yet to be confirmed, it's been reported breathlessly all over the Internet because it seems very likely to happen.

Here's the Hollywood Reporter story,but it's hardly the only one.

Ya'll have any comments? Casting? Likelihood of success? Is Heinberg the guy who can pull this off? (I'd have preferred Noah Hawley.)

It seems the stuff TV dreams are made on. (Sorry!)

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I assume this means a 10+ episode series, maybe multi-season. There's no way it would have worked as 2- to 2 1/2 hour movie. 

One of the articles I read said the last guy who tried to write a screenplay for a Sandman movie said it wouldn't work as a movie, or even a trilogy of movies. It needed to be, he said, a TV show.

Captain Comics said:

One of the articles I read said the last guy who tried to write a screenplay for a Sandman movie said it wouldn't work as a movie, or even a trilogy of movies. It needed to be, he said, a TV show.

I think that's a new development in Hollywood, the realization that some comics properties -- like Preacher, 100 Bullets, Constantine, Lucifer -- are too sprawling to be contained to a single film. Too bad they didn't realize that with Watchmen.

Watchmen would have broken down nicely into 12 episodes, wouldn't it? They already had the storyboards ...

I just re-watched the Director's Cut (after re-reading Watchmen for book club), and it comes pretty close to the length of 12 episodes. Restores important scenes left out of the theatrical version.

As for Sandman, I'm agnostic. A lot of it seems pretty unfilmable to me, but it ought to be fun to see them try.

Thanks for calling my attention to this director's cut. Just ordered it!

Mark Sullivan (Vertiginous Mod) said:

I just re-watched the Director's Cut

I am cautiously optimistic. Obviously, this could work-- the fan film of "24 Hour Diner" was pretty good.

To follow up on the Captain's pun, who would be your dream cast?

I agree with a recent (pre-announcement) suggestion that Tatiana Maslany should be Death.

Could a de-aged Tori Amos make an appearance as Delirium?

Some British actor/comedian should obviously be Hob Gadling. Nick Frost? Simon Pegg?

Do they fly in the existing actors from other shows to play Constantine and Lucifer?

Evan Rachel Wood would make a good Titania.

Steve Buscemi of Tom Hiddleston as the Corinthian.

Peter Dinklage as.... Anyone! Puck, maybe.

Looks like it's for real,since DC/WB is touting it now.

I really look forward to this. It's so perfect for episodes. You can have the ongoing storylines, such as Season of Mists and A Doll's House, but think how great the single episodes would be for stories like the one about the cats, all of the stories from World's End, and the Hob Gadling issues.

This could be really amazing.

Gaiman said the first season (11 episodes) woukd just be Preludes and Nocturnes.

That sounds perfect! There is so much untapped potential for that show. It will be so cool if they get to The Kindly Ones. There were so many spin-offs of Sandman, too.

Captain Comics said:

Gaiman said the first season (11 episodes) woukd just be Preludes and Nocturnes.

Agreed! 

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