The first character posters for the upcoming Netflix Sandman show were released into the wild this week, and I’m actually a little bit excited by their take on the characters.  As someone who fell into the story of Morpheus when it was originally being published, I have long been of the opinion that it’s not possible to make a live action Sandman work, but these gave me hope.  There’s a reason why the story featured dozens of different artists and Neil Gaiman switching up the style and construction of his storytelling from arc to arc, and issue to issue, leading to today’s Endless query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) just sort of hopes that we get something that makes me as happy as the trade paperback of World’s End, asking: Do you think that it’s possible to do justice to a live-action Sandman adaptation?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Yes. You would need to nest stories within stories and be deliberate about construction and variation in genres and styles. Shows such as American Gods and Lovecraft Country have been paving the way for this kind of storytelling, and I think that it is definitely within the reach of current-day show making to do justice to a live-action adaptation of Sandman.

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