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Neil Gaiman Gives New Details On Sandman Netflix Series At DC Fandome

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BY August 24, 2020
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The virtual DC Fandome event took place over the weekend, where author Neil Gaiman held a panel on the future of the Sandman series on Netflix. According to Gaiman, the upcoming Sandman series is slowly moving forward amidst the ongoing pandemic. Let’s take a look at the new details that Gaiman revealed during his DC Fandome panel.

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The Sandman Series On Netflix Is Slowly Moving Forward Amidst Lockdown

Neil Gaiman held the virtual panel with freelance writer Dirk Maggs, fellow graphic novel author G. Willow Wilson, and actor Michael Sheen who appeared in Gaiman’s last hit series Good Omens. Gaiman discussed how things are progressing during the lockdown.

“Right now as the universal pause button is starting to come off, we’re starting to cast again,” Gaiman said. “I’m getting these inspiring and wonderful emails with production designs with places that I’d only ever seen in the comics before, now being rendered in 3D, and I’m being asked to comment on it. That’s amazing.”

Gaiman utilized the downtime caused by the production shutdown to continue working on the Sandman scripts. He says that he is trying to get them ‘as close to perfect as we possibly can.’ We also know that Gaiman has two seasons worth of scripts written already, although the series has not officially been picked up for more than one season.

Updating Sandman To Modern Day Will Change Some Things

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Gaiman also discussed the news that the Sandman series for Netflix will be moved to a more contemporary time period. “We’re going to start it in 1988 and it’s going to end in about 1991 or 1992.” Gaiman revealed. “Sandman is a very compressed story even though it takes place all through time and space.”

The change in time period will almost certainly incur other changes to the story, according to Neil Gaiman. Previously he had discussed that the primary change would be that Morpheus would be asleep for 110 years, rather than the 80 years established in the graphic novels. While Gaiman did not elaborate too much on what would change because of this alteration in the time period, he did speculate heavily on it.

“What does that make us have to look at that we wouldn’t have to look at if we were setting it as a period piece? What is that going to do to the gender of characters, what is that going to do to the nature of characters? What’s that going to do to the story? And that has been an absolute delight. Because it means we are always being true to the story and being true to the characters. But it gives us tremendous freedom to go, ‘OK if we were doing it now what would ‘Sandman’ be?’ And that, again, is very liberating.”

These details provided by Gaiman about the Sandman Netflix series is not really news, since we have known the details about the time period change for some time. However there was some other Sandman news, this time relating to the Sandman graphic novel universe.

The Sandman Graphic Novel Universe Is Still Thriving

Sandman Universe Waking Hours Cover Variant For The Dreaming: Waking Hours
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There were two updates on new graphic novels within the Sandman universe. First is a new graphic novel set in the world, written by G. Willow Wilson who also appeared on the Sandman panel with Neil Gaiman. The graphic novel The Dreaming: Waking Hours came out earlier this month.

A synopsis from DC Comics tells us the following about this new entry into the Sandman universe.

One of Dream’s heaviest responsibilities is the creation of nightmares—the beings that haunt our sleep and turn our thoughts toward darkness. In the form of Ruin, the nightmare of catastrophic failure, Dream was certain he’d built his next masterpiece…but Ruin can’t help but live up to his name, sending every situation into a spiral of unexpected consequences. Unfortunately, Shakespearean scholar (and exhausted new mother) Lindy has dreamed of Ruin…and in the process, she’s delivered him unto the waking world!

Another update to the Sandman universe is news of a crossover event between Sandman and Locke & Key. Interestingly, Locke & Key is another Netflix adaptation – making the possibility between a television crossover in the future entirely possible. The graphic novel crossover event is called Locke & Key / The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone. The first issue will be out in November from IDW and DC Comics. The story will connect the two graphic novel universes via a key to Hell that belongs to Sandman‘s Lucifer.

All of this should hopefully be enough to satiate Sandman fans until the Netflix series can get back to production. We will certainly be updating with more Sandman news as it emerges. Until then make sure you’re following Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date.

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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