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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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Neil Gaiman’s library

Posted by LiveFor on September 4, 2009

booksHow cool is this. I so want a library like this. If any one is willing to donate a big house to the Live for Films cause that includes a library like this I will be more than happy to accept it.

If Mr Gaiman happens to be reading this I would be more than happy to pop round for a cup of tea while interviewing you in the library.

The good people over at Shelfari had this to say and lots more photos.

Gaiman first gained wide acclaim with his complex and literate 75-issue comic series The Sandman, and has since broadened his scope to write award-winning and bestselling novels (American Gods, Anansi Boys), screenplays (“Beowulf”) and yes, he still continues to write comics. His books Stardust and Coraline were both adapted for the screen and his most recent novel The Graveyard Book was awarded the Newbury Medal and, just last month, a Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Naturally we’d assumed that someone whose work is filled with references ranging from literary to mythological would have a fairly extensive library but even so, we were a bit unprepared for the scope of what he sent us. In the basement of his house of secrets we find a room that’s wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling with books (along with a scattering of awards, gargoyles and felines).

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