Neil Gaiman Says HBO-Style ‘Sandman’ Series Is ‘The Most Logical’ Adaptation

Back in March, “Kick-Ass” director Matthew Vaughn told MTV News he’d love to adapt Neil Gaiman’s celebrated “Sandman” stories as an HBO-style television series. Saying there was “too much to get into an hour and a half [movie],” Vaughn said he’d spoken to the award-winning writer about the possibility of adapting “Sandman” after the pair collaborated on a big-screen adaptation of Gaiman’s novel “Stardust.”

When I caught up with Gaiman during last month’s C2E2 convention in Chicago (where he was speaking in support of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), I asked him about his chat with Vaughn — and whether an HBO-style series was indeed the best format for a “Sandman” adaptation.

“I haven’t talked to Matthew for years now, because Matthew’s been making ’Kick-Ass,'” said Gaiman. “I haven’t really seen Matthew since he vanished off into the realm of ’Kick-Ass,’ which was a few years ago.”

However, Gaiman confirmed that a television series indeed seemed the “most logical” style of adaptation for “Sandman,” which ran from 1989 to 1996 as a regular series published by DC’s Vertigo imprint. The series followed The Lord of the Dreams as he acclimates to the modern world and its mythologies after being imprisoned for decades.

“I think there are lots of ways to do ’Sandman,'” he told MTV News. “The most logical would be as an HBO-style series, and there are lots of directors who would like to do that, and there are lots of people who’ve suggested it.”

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