If you ever thought, Would Patton Oswalt be a good voice for a talking raven? Netflix hypnotic Here to answer your question. Whether the response is affirmative or negative, it is ultimately in the eye of the beholder. But Sandman Creator Neil Gaiman said in a blog post that Oswalt was the first person chosen to adapt the comic, and he was very intentional with his choice.
“The question was, can we find an actor who can make you care for a dead person who is now a bird in Dreaming — someone who isn’t sure what’s going on, or if any of that is a good idea? And can we find a voice actor who was also of the same type? Sandman The fan who used to stand in line to get it Sandman Signed caricature? Gaiman wrote. “The answer was, we can if we ask Patton Oswalt (he/he). And Button was the first person we asked, and the first person we played, the day before the discussion hypnotic to Netflix”.
If that sounds like he’s thinking about it, just know (if you haven’t already): this development is a very long time coming. In a similar way to how Dream of the Endless is tasked with spending years trying to rebuild his kingdom, Gaiman finds himself some 30 years on a journey of translation hypnotic Caricature on screen. Over those decades, that screen has been big and silver and small and serial, but it’s always been a little out of the way.
As we now know, Netflix will finally win, providing the story a properly serialized home along with a huge budget and an endless crew like its protagonist. And now, along with the original storyboard chapters, we can now take a look at chapters SandmanTrying to develop it, alternative facts we might have seen existed Sandman It was chosen urgently.
The 90s: Working for the Sandman movie
As Gaiman remembers it, his first ever meeting around a Sandman The movie happened in 1990. He went to a meeting at Warner Bros. where executives asked him what he wanted to see from Sandman Movie. Gaiman recalls the 2020 press roundtable: “Please don’t do that.” “I remember Lisa Henson, the director of Warner, looking at me in bewilderment and saying, ‘Nobody came into my office and asked, ‘I’ve never made a movie. And I said, Well, I am. please do not. I’m working on my comic, and the movie will just be a distraction and confusion. Just let me do something. And bless everyone, they kind of let me continue on that.”
While on hold for a while, Warner Bros. Suggestions for adapting the story through the decade: In the mid-1990s Roger Avary (who co-wrote Pulp Fiction With Quentin Tarantino, and directed by the silent Hill And the Beowulf) to direct. The text came from Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio (dual in the back Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, And the partner, among other gemstones); The story incorporated the story “The Doll’s House” and “Preludes and Nocturnes”, and will be partly animated. Avary was eventually fired, but he continued to team up with Gaiman Beowulf.
A few years later, the scripts, the creative staff change later, Sandman Adjustments continued to unwind around Hollywood. Gaiman described at least one scenario as “not just the worst Sandman A script I’ve ever seen, but very easily the worst script I’ve ever read.” (While some sources from the time attribute this quote to Gaiman speaking about an Elliott/Rossio script, others seem to believe this was a later version From plans by Warner Bros.).
The first decade of the twenty-first century: What is a hypnotic?
Post-millennium on the severe note of SandmanAt 2007 Comic-Con, Gaiman spoke about not compromising his vision just for the opportunity to see him Sandman on the big screen. During a Q&A, Mania Entertainment quoted Gaiman as saying:
Best to watch Sandman is not a bad Sandman movie. But I feel the time for “Sandman” is coming soon. We need someone who has the same obsession with sourcing as Peter Jackson had with “Lord of the Rings” or Sam Raimi with “Spider-Man.”
Just to remind you of how much has changed between then and now, I’ll also note that Gaiman talked about how Zack Snyder did” guards Right now, he knows what he’s doing and I hope he’s doing well.” That same year, Gaiman was also quoted as saying that Terry Gilliam would be his ideal pick for a comic adaptation, but (at the time) Gaiman was busy trying to get even $70 million can adapt good omen.
When a fan said at Comic-Con that, if given the opportunity, he would have made the movie himself, Gaiman replied, “That’s what I mean. I’m growing vats of people like you all over the world. Eventually we’ll put a bunch of you in a room with knives, and all of He will come out alive, he will be the winner and he can make Sandman Movie.”
The second decade of the twenty-first century: From Kripke and Mangold to Goyer and Netflix
But even when Neil Gaiman gave up, Warner Bros. didn’t. And her deep pockets ever. supernatural Showrunner Eric Kripke has been attached to a TV version from Warner Bros. In 2010 it never came to fruition (and Gaiman wasn’t happy with it). Logan Director James Mangold pitched an idea on HBO, but nothing came of it.
Although adaptation has been a snowball in development hell for a good decade by this point, Sandman The shouting continued by CEOs—or at least one CEO, in a 2013 interview with The Hollywood Reporter. When asked what DC titles you’d like to see on screen, then-DC Entertainment chief Diane Nelson said,Sandman right on top. I think he could be as rich as the world of Harry Potter.”
And then I talked about it in (almost) Creativity: In December 2013 there was a movement and, according to his word, Gaiman recruited loyal fans of his comic. Gaiman announced that he will be working with David S. Goyer (the Blade and Dark Knight trilogy, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justiceand Joseph Gordon-Levitt3rd Rock From the Sun, Looper. The third rock from the sun, Luber) to bring comedy to life as a movie. They hired Jack Thorne (who created sassy skins And the Harry Potter and the cursed Child) to write the script.
This release came relatively far: once again, there was a scenario going around. Gaiman was in the room when they worked on the script. Goyer told Deadline in December 2014 that it was a “draft that Warner is very pleased with as we move forward, knocking on wood.” Moving forward with Gordon-Levitt as producer, star, and project director, Goyer expected the script to come out to the cast in 2015.
At about this time, ownership of Vertigo was transferred from Warner Bros. to New Line (a subsidiary, not a separate entity). Ultimately, this change in the C-suite will cause JGL to leave the project. “A few months ago, I realized that the folks at New Line and I don’t see eye to eye on what makes Sandman special, and what a film adaptation could/should be,” Gordon-Levitt wrote on his Facebook page. In March 2016. “Unfortunately, I decided to remove myself from the project. I wish nothing but the best for the team moving forward.”
A reminder for the curious: I don’t own a Sandman. @DC Comics Do. I don’t choose who writes the script, or the director, or the producer, or the actor.
– Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 6, 2016
In the end, Goyer and Gaiman stuck with the project. In the years that followed, they also lost screenwriter Eric Heisser (ArrivalAnd the Shadow and bones), who told iO9 that he quit the film project because he felt the property was owned on TV:
I had many conversations with Neil [Gaiman] About it, and I did a lot of work on the feature and came to the conclusion that the best version of this feature exists as an HBO series or limited series, not as a feature film, not even as a trilogy. The structure of the feature film does not really correspond to this. So I went back and said this is the work I did. This is not where it should be. You should go to the TV. So I gave up my job!
And so the show eventually made its way to Netflix. despite Sandman As the TV show was shopped to several outlets – including HBO – it was Netflix that delivered the big play, having recently lost its deal with Marvel. The streaming company has signed what The Hollywood Reporter called a “huge” deal to get SandmanIt was the most expensive TV series ever made by DC Entertainment, sources at the time said.
Thirty years into this process, Gaiman is openly optimistic about the project. He said He will be more involved with him hypnotic Than it was with Starz . adaptation American Godsbut less than Amazon Prime Video good omen series (which he adapted all of them). He, Gower and Alan Heinberg will serve as executive producers.
While this will obviously be the first Sandman Adapting to TV (or movie) to see the light of day, Gaiman seems to be hoping it has the legs to go beyond just a season. MovieWeb also quoted Gaiman as saying at a press roundtable:
people were writing hypnotic Movie script and they go, “But it’s an R-rated movie, and we can’t get a $100 million movie.” So, this will not happen. You need to get into a world where telling long stories is an advantage rather than a disadvantage. And the fact that we definitely have five issues Sandman Plus that’s 13 whole books of material, which is really good. It is not a defect. It is in our favour. And the fact that we are in a world where we can take in things that only existed in comic book art, that can now actually exist.