Fans of The Sandman graphic novels are either cheering or cursing, because despite earlier reports the books are, in fact, being turned into a TV show.
According to the Twitter feed of Geoff Johns, DC Comic’s Chief Creative Officer, the Sandman TV adaptation lives, with the support of series creator Neil Gaiman.
Eric Kripke, the creator of Supernatural who was assigned to help work on the Sandman project, said recently that “Unfortunately, for a lot of varying reasons, Sandman is not in the works, at least for this season,” and that the show “just didn’t quite happen this season through nobody’s fault, and hopefully we can do it again in the future.”
Most everyone took that to mean that the show just wasn’t going to happen. It was dead, deceased, and pushing up daisies.
Much to the surprise of all, Johns tweeted “Correction to world: The Sandman is AWAKE! 🙂 Psyched to be working with [Gaiman] on developing one of the greatest series ever!” followed quickly by “Sandman in any form – comics to live action – doesn’t work without [Gaiman].”
So why the confusion? Well, it seems to me that at no point did Kripke say the planned show was totally dead, just that it wasn’t happening this season, or perhaps he just decided to play a clever prank on us all. I’m leaning towards the former.
Whatever the case, the show is being made (for now, anyway). For some fans, adapting The Sandman to TV is a wonderful idea, exposing the series to a wider audience; for others it is basically putting the Mona Lisa through a blender and calling it better for it. As for me, I’ll settle in at the “extreme ambivalence” point of the spectrum.