New Sandman Featurette Takes You Behind the Scenes of Upcoming Adaptation

Netflix has released a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series adaptation.
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Netflix released a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman series adaptation.

Netflix’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman”, a dark fantasy drama comic series, has already begun production. The story of Sandman is a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama, and legend are seamlessly interwoven, it follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.


The Sandman is executive produced by Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Grey’s AnatomyGilmore Girls, and The O.C.), who also serves as showrunner. David S. Goyer (Batman BeginsThe Dark Knight, Terminator: Dark FateFoundation) serves as an executive producer. Produced by Warner Bros. Television, Heinberg and Goyer co-wrote the series along with Gaiman, who is also an executive producer.

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Netflix and Gaiman already announced a stacked cast for the show. The casting of Tom Sturridge as Morpheus / Dream; Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer; Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne; Boyd Holbrook as Corinthian; Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess; Asim Chaudhry as Abel; and Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain was announced back in January. Patton Oswalt, a longtime Sandman fan, was the first actor who was cast in the series, he was cast as the voice of Matthew the Raven.

In May rest of the cast, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death; Mason Alexander Park as Desire; Donna Preston as Despair; Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine; Joely Richardson as Ethel Cripps; Niamh Walsh as young Ethel Cripps; David Thewlis as John Dee / Doctor Destiny; Kyo Ra as Rose Walker; Stephen Fry as Gilbert; Razane Jammal as Lyta Hall; Sandra James Young as Unity Kinkaid were announced.

Watch the behind-the-scenes footage for “The Sandman” below:

Now the streaming service has given us a chance to get a glimpse of how the highly anticipated show is going to look like. A behind-the-scenes featurette was released during Netflix’s first-ever Geeked Week celebration. In that Gaiman narrated the video that gave fans a hint of what to expect from the series.

The author described this world as “the place that we go when we close our eyes at night,” referring to the Dreaming — which is ruled by Morpheus (Sturridge). Gaiman was able to see his dream come to life at Shepperton Studios in England, where Netflix set up a permanent production base in 2019.

The video featured interviews with two cast members Gwendoline Christie, who will be portraying a gender-swapped version of the fallen angel Lucifer Morningstar, and Tom Sturridge who will be playing the lead role Dream.

“I’m someone who is an obsessive ‘Sandman’ fan’. It’s an awesome responsibility because it’s something that is so beloved.” Sturridge added.

Christie said: “I read the ‘Sandman’ graphic novels, so I knew that I simply had to be involved in this project because something truly unique was going to happen. The sets are vast, great amount of detail and care has been put into how it’s been brought to life.”

Gaiman explained that walking around Netflix’s set was like being inside his own dream. He called the art department, set decorators, and production designers “absolute magicians” and praised the crew that is currently working on bringing his Sandman universe to life. Much to their efforts, we can see the sets are really cool.

“Our art department, our set decorators, our production designers, they are wizards. They are absolute magicians and to see what they’ve conjured here, it’s like walking around inside your own dream. This is ‘Sandman’ being made for people who love ‘Sandman’ by people who love ‘Sandman.’” Gaiman said.

The premise of the Netflix show- “In 1916, Dream, the king of stories and one of the seven Endless, is captured in an occult ritual. After being held captive for 105 years, in 2021 he escapes and sets out to restore order to his kingdom of the Dreaming.”

Though several film and television adaptations of the DC Vertigo comic book have gone through various stages of development over the years, Netflix’s series will mark the first successful adaptation of the comic. The show is part of Netflix’s continued venture into comic book adaptations. The Sandman started production last October. Netflix has not announced a release date.

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