Last September, "The Sandman" seemed poised to finally escape development hell with a TV adaptation guided by the creator of "Supernatural," Eric Kripke. However, the project once again appears to have stalled.
“Unfortunately, for a lot of varying reasons, ‘Sandman’ is not in the works, at least for this season," Kripke told The Hollywood Reporter during last weekend’s "Supernatural" event at the Paley Festival. "['Sandman'] just didn’t quite happen this season through nobody’s fault, and hopefully we can do it again in the future.”
Neil Gaiman created "The Sandman" comic back in 1989 for DC, introducing readers to Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams and his immensely powerful siblings, the Endless: Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium. The series has been a perennial hit in collected editions and elevated Gaiman’s writing career. Gaiman is currently a best selling fantasy novelist with occasional screenwriting gigs as well.
Several previous attempts have been made to bring "The Sandman" to live action. One of the closest potential projects nearly saw "Sandman" come to HBO as a TV series before the project failed to take off on that network.
Kripke was effusive with his praise for Gaiman, whom he spoke with while working on the latest "Sandman" attempt.
“I’m such a fan of Neil, and he’s every bit as smart as promised and every bit as cool and down-to-earth, and I just loved my conversations with him,” related Kripke. “When I saw [Gaiman], I said, ‘Just so you know, I rip you off all the time for ['Supernatural'],’ and he said, ‘I really appreciate that because you and Kevin Smith have both been very public about ripping me off, and I don’t mind if people rip me off, I just want them to be public and admit it.’ ”