It’s a big year for the Endless, the mythical uber-gods dreamed up by Neil Gaiman for his landmark series The Sandman. As we reported, Netflix will bring The Sandman to live action, in a series and not a film thankfully. (In fact, Gaiman says he has two seasons already planned for the show.) Yet, that’s not the only medium in which Morpheus the Dream Lord’s story will be told. DC and Audible announced The Sandman audio serial which will retell, at least, the first volume of the comic.
The story of the Sandman begins with an occultist who tries to capture Death but snags her brother Morpheus instead. He spends a century in the trap, eventually escaping. After 100 years, his realm fell into disarray. He then travels from Earth to Hell (like, actual Hell) to reclaim the totems of his power. This audio drama is not simply another audiobook. Rather, it will be a freshly-written tale based on Gaiman’s own notes and scripts from the comics performed by a full voice cast. (Think Dooku: Jedi Lost, or Stan Lee’s Alliances: Trick of Light.)
As Gaiman says about the DC and Audible serial based on The Sandman via the press release:
“Almost 30 years ago, Dirk Maggs approached DC about adapting The Sandman into audio form. It didn’t happen…and I’m glad it didn’t happen, because we are in a Golden Age of audio drama right now, and Dirk and I are much better at what we are doing….This is a rich audio adaptation of The Sandman Graphic Novels, brilliantly crafted by Dirk Maggs, with an all-star cast. I’ve loved being there to talk casting, there to read the scripts and offer occasional advice, and there in the studios, watching magic get made and recording the narration. I can’t wait until the world hears what we’ve done.”
The detail that they are using Gaiman’s scripts should be exciting for fans of The Sandman who are on-the-fence about the DC and Audible serial. You may wonder how an audio drama can capture a visual medium like graphic novels. Well, comic scripts are not like screenplays for film or television. The latter use sparse visual description in order to allow the set designers, actors, and the director to add their own creativity. However, comic scripts often feature incredible detail about what the artist is supposed to draw.
These descriptions will likely serve as the foundation for the narration in the serial, which will be provided by Gaiman himself.
The DC and Audible serial drama based on The Sandman will debut in summer 2020 in English. Editions in French, German, Italian, and Spanish will follow soon after.
What do you think? Are you excited for the audio drama or would you prefer to simply re-read the books or wait for the series? Tell us below!
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.