Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman has finally been given a release date on Netflix – and long-time fans will be pleased to know that Morpheus’ much-anticipated big-screen debut is just around the corner.
The star line-up Netflix showan adaptation of Gaiman’s 1990s epic comic series of the same name, is on its way to streaming service on 5.8. The date was announced at the streamer’s annual Geeked Week event, along with a first full-length trailer (included below).
Tom Sturridge, David Thewlis, Boyd Holbrook, Jenna Coleman and Game of Thrones alumni Charles Dance and Gwendoline Christie are among them Many actors confirmed the leading role in the series that’s been the subject of big and small screen evolution for more than three decades.
Unfamiliar with The Sandman? In short, Gaiman’s comic series tells the story of Dream, one of the Seven Endless – a group of superhuman beings more powerful than gods – who escapes capture after 105 years and sets out to restore order to his magical kingdom.
Still confused? The official synopsis of the series, provided by Netflix, reads as follows: “A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy that seamlessly weaves contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend, The Sandman follows the people and places afflicted by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he made during his vast existence.”
Issue #1 of The Sandman was released in 1989 and the main story ran for 75 issues through 1996. Netflix’s version of the epic story will span the first two collections of the series, Preludes & Nocturnes and The Doll’s House, in 11 episodes.
Creator Neil Gaiman (also responsible for Coraline and Good omens) is alongside the regular DC author (and Foundation, endowment showrunner) David S. Goyer, while Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg serves as showrunner.
We got our first glimpse of The Sandman late last year when Netflix – as part of its Tudum celebrations – released a (very) brief first trailer teasing the capture of main character Morpheus and the start of the enthralling fantasy saga.
Elsewhere during Netflix’s Geeked Week 2022, fans got updates on shows like Locke and Key, The Umbrella Academy and Guillermo del Toro’s latest horror project Cabinet of Curiosities.
The week-long event will also unearth many more details on upcoming Netflix projects, so stay tuned to TechRadar for the latest news.