Rumor has it someone might actually get to make a Sandman TV series: Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. Odd? Yes. Brilliant? Maybe. There are just two things we need to know.
Heat Vision broke the news that:
Warner Bros. TV is in the midst of acquiring television rights from sister company DC Entertainment and in talks with several writer-producers about adapting the 1990s comic. At the top of the list is Eric Kripke, creator of the CW's horror-tinged "Supernatural."
We're extremely torn over this. While we worship Kripke's Supernatural, Gaiman's Sandman is law. Could it work? Sure. But there are two things we need answered about this bit of news, to solidify our excitement. First and foremost, is Gaiman involved?
As of right now, it's being reported that, "The author is not involved in the new developments, though since it is early in the process, that may change." Fair enough. We really hope this series gets his blessing, or even better his extensive input. We have a firm "Not Without Neil" stance on this.
We know that DC has been careful to seek the advice of Gaiman when dabbling with their Death and DC comic crossovers. Hopefully Warner Brothers TV won't be any different.
Our second question is: What station would this air on? Today's television has been top notch, to be sure, and as everyone's noticed, you can get away with a whole lot more on cable these days. Sandman belongs on cable. Thankfully THR is quick to point out that Gaiman was actually fairly involved in the abortive James Mangold HBO series. That's got both HBO and Neil in the mix. Let's all hope that DC stayed on good terms with HBO after that series eventually fell by the wayside.
Gaiman's Sandman has been on Hollywood's radar for years and they've never really been able to seal the deal and make this project work. Everyone has wanted to make it, the most recent being Stardust/Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn. But Gaiman's involvement, a cable channel and Kripke could prove a winning combination for Sandman. We remain cautiously optimistic.