It’s hard to find a person nowadays that doesn’t know who Neil Gaiman is. A successful author of the critically-acclaimed novels “Stardust“ and “Coraline“ (among others), Neil Gaiman continues to capture the hearts and imagination of audiences worldwide. In a recent interview, he surprised his fans by returning to his creative roots: he unveiled a new chapter in his graphic novel series “The Sandman” called “Sandman: Overture,” and also hinted at a “Sandman” movie adaptation that is in the works.
According to The Boston Herald, “Sandman: Overture” was created as a part of the 25th anniversary celebration of “The Sandman” and was released as a deluxe edition set. Fans may recall that this graphic novel follows the story of Morpheus, a man who has control over people’s dreams.
What’s different with the deluxe edition is that it contains a prequel that details the events that happened before “The Sandman #1,” the comic’s first ever issue. ‘[It] would actually make a re-read of the entire Sandman [series] more interesting,’ Neil Gaiman promised, also stating that celebrating the 25th anniversary of “The Sandman” with a brand-new comic was, in his own words, ‘too hard to miss.’
In light of all this, it’s not that far-fetched to think that a “Sandman” movie adaptation surely is in the works. In fact, a movie already was planned by Warner Bros studios as early as the 1990s, yet various issues halted its development, and so a film was never yet released. It didn’t help that Gaiman himself stated outright that he’d ‘rather see no Sandman movie made than a bad Sandman movie.’
There is hope, however, as Collider reports that producer David Goyer plans to push a ‘Sandman’ movie to be in development by the year 2016, with Hollywood personality Joseph Gordon-Levitt directing. They’re also hinting at a team-up that would bring New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. together for the said project.
Neil Gaiman is not new to the movie adaptation business, as demonstrated by the success of the animated masterpieces “Coraline,” “Beowulf” (of which he co-wrote the screenplay with Roger Avary) and the English translation of Studio Ghibli’s “Princess Mononoke.” Here’s hoping that “The Sandman” movie does as well as those classics, if not even better.
Photo source: Wikimedia |Gordon Levitt