When we last discussed rumors about adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, the word was that Ron Howard would be directing a film version. The truth, it seems, is far more horrifying. THR learned from an exclusive unnamed source that Warner Brothers is attempting to buy the television rights for the series from DC and on the top of their list for running the project is Eric Kripke, best known for being the show runner and creator of Supernatural. Gaiman is not reported to be involved at all.
It’s always been baffling to me that comic book writers don’t actually own jack shit as far as their characters and stories go. I get on an intellectual level that the character of the Sandman is technically the property of DC and therefore anything Gaiman did with the character was still within their property … but the emotional reaction just doesn’t hold up. To me the idea that Neil Gaiman doesn’t get a say in the fate of Dream of the Endless is as absurd as Paul McCartney sending royalty checks to Michael Jackson’s estate when he sings anything he wrote during his twenties. I get the legal side, I just think it’s stupid.
And really, the guy who made Supernatural is the best they can come up with? When I joked that Miley Cyrus would play Dream in Howard’s version, I never imagined that would end up being a step up from whatever ends up making it onto our televisions. Of course unidentified exclusive sources have one advantage: they’re almost invariably wrong. Is it cynical that I think most such rumors are started by fanboys spoofing email headers? Not that I would do that, um even if I knew how.
Ok, bright side then. Is there a bright side? Well, I think television actually fits the story much better than a film ever did. The serial nature of the comics lend themselves perfectly to the serial nature of television episodes. Which of course will end up as irrelevant once they add a love interest (probably a spunky one) and add an antagonist for Dream to fight (probably with a sword or a holy water shotgun). Bottoms up.