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Sandman TV Series Coming To Netflix

Morpheus, the raven-haired Lord of Dreams, has existed for much of creation and has traveled far and wide throughout that time. His presence has been felt at the dawn of mankind, in the discoveries of the European Renaissance, along the abandoned corridors of hell, in the myths of feudal Japan and along London streets on the eve of the new Millenium. He’s been nearly everywhere, it seems. So, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to learn he’ll soon be seen on Netflix.

Yes, for the first time since his introduction in 1988, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman will live in a medium other than comics. Confirmed today by Netflix, the beloved and highly influential comic fantasy has received a series order for a live action TV show from executive producers Gaiman, Allan Heinberg and David S. Goyer. While very little is known about the direction of the series, the award-winning comic was written for mature readers and unspooled as a combination of standalone and serialized stories that introduced Morpehus and his six equally compelling siblings.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the brilliant team that is Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg to finally bring Neil’s iconic comic book series, The Sandman, to life onscreen,” said Channing Dungey, VP, Original Series, Netflix. “From its rich characters and storylines to its intricately built-out worlds, we’re excited to create an epic original series that dives deep into this multi-layered universe beloved by fans around the world.”  

Gaiman famously created his version of The Sandman when then DC editor (and eventual Vertigo Comics founder) Karen Berger requested a fresh take on the classic Golden Age comic character. The Sandman comic told the tale of Morpheus, AKA Dream, a powerful, near immortal being who presided over the realm of Dreams as he attempted to correct mistakes he’d made over the course of his existence. Gaiman’s ongoing Sandman comic ran for seven years, but has been occasionally revisited in limited series and was recently revived via four ongoing, original titles set within its universe. However, it’s the original 75-issue series that captured the imagination of readers worldwide—many of them entirely new to comics—and helped to launch the career of Gaiman. Over thirty years after its debut, The Sandman continues to remain a seminal, highly acclaimed work of fantasy.

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Watch The Good Omens Teaser Trailer 

Amazon Prime Video has released the first Good Omens teaser trailer straight from New York Comic-Con! 

The end is nigh. Good Omens is coming to Prime Video in 2019. Based on the best-selling novel by renowned authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, this series follows the story of Aziraphale, an angel, and Crowley, a demon, who have formed an unlikely friendship spanning 6,000 years and have grown fond of life on earth. However, the end of time grows near with the approaching Armageddon and they must now join forces to find a way to save the world. 

Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) and David Tennant (Jessica Jones) star as fussy angel and rare book dealer Aziraphale and the fast living demon Crowley, respectively. The cast also includes Jon Hamm (Baby Driver), Jack Whitehall (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms), Michael McKean (Better Call Saul), Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Nina Sosanya (Strike Back: Retribution), Ned Dennehy (Peaky Blinders), Ariyon Bakare (Life), Mark Gatiss (Game of Thrones), Derek Jacobi (Murder on the Orient Express), Nick Offerman (Bad Times at the El Royale) and Miranda Richardson (Stronger).

Coming to Amazon Prime Video in 2019.

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DC Vertigo Announces 30th Anniversary Editions of The Sandman

DC Vertigo continues its celebration of The Sandman’s 30th anniversary with brand-new collected editions of Neil Gaiman’s seminal story. Following the announcement of a new Gaiman-curated imprint called the Sandman Universe, launching this August, Gaiman’s original series will be rereleased monthly beginning in October.

The anniversary editions will include special introductions from legendary creators including best-selling authors Patrick Rothfuss, Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer/producer Paul Dini, author/comedian/actor Patton Oswalt and more. Each collection will also feature new, original covers from the original Sandman cover artist, Dave McKean.

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes And Nocturns 30th Anniversary Edition collects issues #1-8, written by Gaiman with art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III. It will also feature an introduction from Patrick Rothfuss, best-selling author of The Kingkiller Chronicles, and will be available in comics shops on October 24, and everywhere books are sold on October 30.

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Neil Gaiman Announces New Sandman Universe Line of Comics

DC Entertainment announces the creation of The Sandman Universe, a new Vertigo line of comic books curated by Neil Gaiman, conjuring epic storytelling, immersing readers into the evolving world of the Dreaming. The Sandman Universe begins with four new ongoing series, existing in a shared universe, building upon Gaiman’s New York Times best-selling series that lyrically weaved together stories of dreams and magic.

“The Sandman Universe has always been very close and personal to me and I am thrilled to open up the world once again to an extremely talented group of writers and artists,” explains Gaiman. “I get to see the joy in these brilliant people whom I’ve selected, as they get their chance to play in this world.”

Each writer was hand-selected by Gaiman for the following series:

-The Dreaming by Si Spurrier (2000AD, Suicide Squad)
-House of Whispers by Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, New Moon’s Arms)
-Lucifer by Dan Watters (Limbo, Assassin’s Creed comic series)
-Books of Magic by Kat Howard (Roses and Rot, An Unkindness of Magicians)

The new line will begin August 8, 2018 with The Sandman Universe #1, a one-shot story plotted by Gaiman and co-written by the four series writers. The issue will reintroduce the Sandman Universe and its characters, while establishing conflicts that will be examined in the monthly comic books., The Dreaming and House of Whispers will debut in September with Lucifer and Books of Magic hitting shelves in October.

 

Vertigo is helmed by Executive Editor Mark Doyle, who returned to Vertigo last year after over-site of the Batman group of titles for DC, bringing a new editorial voice to the beloved imprint.

Gaiman continues, “We have a chance to remind people how fun this universe is, and with the new editorial direction from Mark Doyle, I believe we may create just a bit more magic for years to come.”

“Vertigo changed my life,” states Doyle. “I found Vertigo at a time when I was bored with comics, then I read Sandman and my head exploded. Suddenly I saw all these endless storytelling possibilities. I knew I had to get into comics and I had to get into Vertigo. To return to the imprint and work with Neil Gaiman to expand the Sandman Universe—it’s honestly a dream come true.”

Indie comic convention Emerald City Comic Con will feature a Vertigo panel on Saturday, March 3, join the conversation to hear more about these new series.

Entertainment Weekly caught up with Gaiman to ask a few questions about The Sandman Universe. Read more HERE.

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American Gods Comic-Con Trailer

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Following their panel at San Diego Comic-Con, STARZ and FremantleMedia North America have released the first trailer for their upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods. Check out the American Gods Comic-Con trailer below!

The cast includes Ricky Whittle (The 100) as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane (Deadwood) as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as Laura Moon, Sean Harris (The Borgias) as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki (Aquarius) as Bilquis, Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters) as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) as Mr World, and Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom) as Low Key Lyesmith. Also appearing are Cloris Leachman (Malcom in The Middle, Raising Hope), Peter Stormare (Fargo, Prison Break), Chris Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Counselor), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) as Media, Mousa Kraish (Superbad, Fast & Furious), Orlando Jones (Madiba, Sleepy Hollow) as Mr. Nancy, and Kristin Chenoweth as Easter.

The plot of American Gods posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

American Gods is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (The River, Kings) serve as writers and showrunners. David Slade (Hannibal, 30 Days of Night) is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman.

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How Batman Made Me Fall In Love With Comic Books By Neil Gaiman

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Read An essay from Neil Gaiman’s The View From The Cheap Seats about Batman covers, with pictures of the covers in question. Check it out HERE.

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Vertigo To Release Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition This Fall

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Fans of Neil Gaiman have much to rejoice about this Fall as the New York Times bestselling author will release two spectacular collections in time for the holidays.

he Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition hardcover by Neil Gaiman and artistic luminary J.H. Williams III makes its debut this November. The collection will be comprised of the six previously released issues (look for issues #5 and #6 later this year), which tell the story of Dream before the events of The Sandman, including the spectacular gatefold featured in the first issue. In addition, there will be extra exclusive material including pages from the Special Editions, script pages, among others.

In this book, which Time Magazine calls “as weird and magic and dreamy as ever,” Gaiman expands upon the story that changed the landscape of modern comics 25 years ago. The Sandman: Overture features cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King’s siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny as well as the first appearance of Dream’s parents.

he Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition hardcover features a cover by JH Williams III and will be available November 11, 2015 in comic stores, November 17, 2015 everywhere books are sold.

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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances By Neil Gaiman

Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things—which includes a never-before published American Gods story, “Black Dog,” written exclusively for this volume.

In this new anthology, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances ($26) Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction—stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013—as well “Black Dog,” a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.

Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. In Adventure Story—a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane—Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience A Calendar of Tales are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year—stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother’s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale The Case of Death and Honey. And Click-Clack the Rattlebag explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we’re all alone in the darkness.

A sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled, Gaiman entrances with his literary alchemy, transporting us deep into the realm of imagination, where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday incandescent. Full of wonder and terror, surprises and amusements, Trigger Warning is a treasury of delights that engage the mind, stir the heart, and shake the soul from one of the most unique and popular literary artists of our day.

The 400 page book will be released on February 3, 2015.

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Sandman Writer Neil Gaiman Taking 6 Month Break On His Social-Media Accounts To Concentrate On Writing

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Author Neil Gaiman will temporarily bid adieu to his millions of followers on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Google+ as he takes a break from social media to focus on his upcoming projects.

“I’ll be taking about six months off,” Gaiman told The Guardian, “a sabbatical from social media so I can concentrate on my day job: making things up.” The break starts this month.

In 2013 alone, Gaiman released two best-selling books: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” (named the National Book Award’s 2013 book of the year), and “Fortunately, the Milk.”

He also published a prequel comic “The Sandman: Overture,” not to mention guest writing episodes for the hit sci-fi TV show “Doctor Who” and his frequent book readings and tours.

It will be interesting to see how much more the prolific writer can accomplish when he’s not regularly tweeting.

“I feel that I’m getting too dependent on phones, on Twitter,” he told The Guardian. “It’s a symbiotic relationship. That instant ability to find things out, to share. I want to see what happens when I take some time off.”

Fans worried they’ll get the shakes from Gaiman withdrawals shouldn’t fret yet. While Gaiman will be absent from his official social-media channels, he still promises to keep everyone updated on his life occasionally through his personal blog at NeilGaiman.com.

“If you are used to hanging out with me on Tumblr or Twitter or Facebook, you are very welcome here,” Gaiman wrote on his blog. “Same me, only with more than 140 characters. It’ll be fun. Or it’ll be like watching someone giving up smoking.”

Reprinted from CNET

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt May Direct & Star In Sandman Film

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According to Deadline, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is finalizing a deal to produce Sandman at Warner Bros with David Goyer, who pitched his treatment for the Neil Gaiman comic book classic. 

It has been rumored that Gordon-Levitt might direct and star as the protagonist. They will hire a writer shortly.

The Sandman series shifts between horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times.

Gordon-Levitt next stars in another seminal graphic novel-based film, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, which Robert Rodriguez and creator Frank Miller helmed.

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