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The adaptation for Neil Gaiman’s Sandman had spent quite a lot of time in Development Hell, but the series had finally been picked up by Netflix. Things were going swimmingly until the Coronavirus shut everything down, and Neil Gaiman has given fans an update on how far the work has come for the film.
When asked by a fan on Tumblr about the status of the Sandman series, Gaiman replied:
It’s going really well, except it’s kind of hibernating right now until people start making TV again. The scripts for the first season are written, casting had started, directors hired, sets were being built. Everything was ready to go into production, and then we moved into a pause. As soon as the world is ready to make TV drama, Sandman will move smoothly back into being made. In the meantime, we are taking the opportunity to get the scripts as good as we can.
We have yet to get anyone cast in the role of the God of Dreams Morpheus, but a lot of people are hoping that the series manages to nab Joseph Gordon-Levitt as he had been set to play the role back when Sandman was still going to be a film. While I think JGL would be a great audience draw for the series, I think Timothee Chalamet might actually be great for the part. If they wanted to go older, maybe they could cast Cillian Murphy. It’s just a thought.
While production may have been halted, it’s good news that we know how far into development the series is. Hopefully we could be seeing a season premiere sometime in 2021, but if production continues to get delayed, it’s not impossible this show would debut in 2022.