The Sandman, first published in 1989, is getting a live-action adaptation more than three decades after its initial publication.
In the lead role of the Master of Dreams, Tom Sturridge makes his Netflix debut on August 5. Fans have been waiting for a long time for an adaptation of the award-winning DC comic books, and this new series is a watershed moment for the medium.
According to writer Neil Gaiman’s interactions with the crew behind the Netflix series, he has spent the better part of 30 years trying to prevent terrible adaptations of his Sandman novels.
“Newer, more expensive special effects and longer production budgets have made it possible for television programs with novel-length formats to realistically depict such a world. With today’s technology, I believe we are finally able to make Sandman in a way that we could only have imagined doing 15 or 10 years ago.”
The trailer gives us our first look at the fantastic world where the Sandman molds and directs each and every one of our dreams. However, after he is abducted and held captive for more than a century, he must travel to several planets and alternate timelines in order to restore order.
In order to right the wrongs he’s committed throughout the course of his immense existence, he’ll need to visit familiar locales, encounter familiar opponents, and make contact with new cosmic and human allies on his road to restoring order on all of reality.
The Sandman also stars Boyd Holbrook, Patton Oswalt, Vivienne Acheampong, Gwendoline Christie, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Vanesu Samunyai (formerly known as “Kyo Ra”), John Cameron Mitchell, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Joely Richardson, Niamh Walsh, Sandra James-Young and Razane Jammal.