Neil Gaiman Is Updating ‘The Sandman’ for the 21st Century For Audible and Netflix

As Neil Gaiman fans eagerly await the debut of Audible’s radio drama adaptation of the initial story arcs of The Sandman, the writer is promising that both Audible’s presentation and the upcoming Netflix television series will be appropriately updated for the 21st century.

Via a virtual press round table, Gaiman commented on updating his original stories, saying that “Okay, it is 2020, let’s say that I was doing Sandman starting in 2020, what would we do? How would we change things? What gender would this character be? Who would this person be? What would be happening?'” Gaiman also has visions of adapting the entire Sandman series in audio form, accounting for “…100 or 120 hours of audio drama” when all is said and done.

Gaiman also believes that the delays in making a Sandman film or tv series has actually benefited the material, since it has taken this long for technology to catch up with the artists’ conceptions of his dream landscapes. Gaiman gushed about receiving previews of Lucifer’s castle and Hell from the production team, saying “I’m just like, ‘This is amazing. Oh my gosh.’ It’s like watching Kelly Jones’ nightmares and Sam Keith and Mike Dringenberg’s nightmares just coming to life.”

The Sandman Audible presentation will be released on July 15 and don’t forget to enter The Sandman art contest that we wrote about last week. Through July 25, fans of The Sandman are encouraged to submit descriptions of a memorable dream that they experiences at or via a mobile phone hotline at 515-SANDMAN (515-726-3626). 

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