Sandman: The ‘unfilmable’ Neil Gaiman masterpiece that made comics cool again

A Netflix adaptation of the 1980s graphic novel – which united hardcore geeks and first-timers alike – is on the cards after several false starts. A dream come true, says David Barnett, but it won’t be an easy task

Saturday 31 August 2019 15:15
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‘For there was nothing in his eyes but the black night and the cold stars’
‘For there was nothing in his eyes but the black night and the cold stars’

At a time when comic book movies rule the box office, it makes sense that one of the most beloved series in recent years gets an adaptation, courtesy of Netflix.

When it’s a comic that was written by Neil Gaiman, the man behind book-to-TV hits American Gods and (co-authored with Terry Pratchett) Good Omens, it seems even more of a no-brainer.

But while the comic in question, Sandman, holds a special place in the hearts of readers of both the hardcore geek variety and those who would never class themselves as comic nerds, its journey to the screen has been a troubled one and for many years the series was dismissed as simply unfilmable.

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