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Peachy Keen! Sandman – Matthew Vaughn has an idea for Neil Gaiman’s classic comic

Posted by LiveFor on March 14, 2010

Neil Gaiman is a great comic book writer and novelist. One of his greatest achievements is the DV Vertigo comic, Sandman. It mainly follows the character of Dream or Morpheus of the Endless who is the anthropomorphic representation of dreams. He is Lord of the Dreaming and the Endless is also composed of Death, Desire, Destruction, Destiny, Despair, and Delirium.

The comic had a run of 75 issues with many specials dotted around and featured Lucifer, Merv Pumpkinhead, and numerous other characters. It covered different pieces of folklore and legend and was just bloody brilliant.

The look of Dream was also based on Mr Gaiman and the pic I’ve used on the post was one I used to paint a huge Sandman on a wall in a flat I used to live in. Plus I drew something similar for the wedding of my good friend Neil C.

Needless to say I would love to see Sandman on the big screen. However, due to the huge scope of the tales involved a movie wouldn’t do it justice. It has been mentioned many times over the years as a possible film, as has one about the character of Death (I mentioned that way back in November 2008 and Gaiman has recently mentioned how Guillermo del Toro may be involved). That’s where Matthew Vaughn comes in.

The director of Kick-Ass, Layer Cake and Stardust (another Gaiman tale) has been talking at the SXSW Festival to MTV news about how he’d like to adapt the Sandman to a TV show.

“I think it would make an amazing HBO series, you know, where you can just really create that world,” Vaughn said. “There’s too much to get into an hour and a half, two hours.”

“[Neil and I] talked about it,” he continued. “I think as a movie it’s virtually impossible to make properly.”

Not much yet, but the fact he has been chatting to Gaiman about it sounds promising. However, they would need an awful lot of money to make it, but if they did I feel it would be huge.

Would you like to see a Sandman TV series? If it did come to pass who would you like to see play Dream and the rest of the Endless? What stories from the comic series would have to be included in the TV show?

Absolute Sandman – Volume 1. Amazon.co.uk
The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1. Amazon.com

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Peachy Keen! Neil Gaiman talks about Death: The High Cost of Living film

Posted by LiveFor on November 12, 2008

Neil Gaiman was talking to MTV about how his Death comic’s are going to be collected in an Absolute edition (which is great news – the Absolute comic collections are brilliant. I must get the Sandman ones. The Watchmen one is excellent. I also did a huge painting of Dream / Morpheus / Sandman on a wall in a flat I used to live in). He then went on to talk about the movie version of “Death,” It looks like the whole Warner Bros.-New Line-Warner Independent shuffling has sorted itself out, with New Line coming back to swoop it up.

“New Line is very much interested in making it,” Gaiman said, “once the dust settles. That will probably happen, unless it doesn’t.”

The good news is Gaiman already has a script “and a lot of [other] stuff” ready to go, once the green light happens.

“The delight in doing ‘Death: The High Cost of Living’ is that it’s already a movie-shaped story,” he told us backstage. “And it’s not even the fact that it’s Death from the Sandman comics. It’s just this lovely little story about a boy who’s depressed and a girl who says she’s Death, and the day they spend together.”

If “Death” works out, could other movies of the “Endless” be in order?

“Too hypothetical,” he smiled. “Beyond ‘Death,’ it’s all about time, and it’s all about desire, and it’s all about how many stories I get to write before I get hit by a bus. If I die by getting hit by a bus. It’s entirely possible I may just spontaneously combust.”

Pretty cool news. I love the Sandman comics and it will be great to see one of the Endless hitting the big screen. Who do you think would be good to play Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Destiny, Delirium and the rest of the Endless crew?
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