The works of Neil Gaiman have translated into successful live-action series like Amazon’s Good Omens, Netflix’s Lucifer, and Starz’s American Gods. Now Netflix will be getting in on all the Gaiman glory with a new series called The Sandman.
In July 2016, Deadline confirmed that Netflix would be moving forward with the series based on Gaiman’s DC Comic from Warner Bros. TV. Gaiman is set to executive produce along with David Goyer, who has worked on several other DC properties, including The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, and Krypton, just to name a few. Allan Heinberg, whose credits include Wonder Woman and Grey’s Anatomy, will be the showrunner for The Sandman series and serve as its writer.
The Netflix original series was slated to begin production in May 2020, but the Coronavirus pandemic delayed those efforts. In the meantime, an Audible version of The Sandman, which utilized the vocal talents of such acting powerhouses as Riz Ahmed and James McAvoy, had been released, raising the anticipation for the Netflix series to an all-time high.
Neil Gaiman announced via his Twitter account that they had begun shooting on October 15, 2020, while also revealing that casting announcements will soon follow.
Now that Netflix subscribers know the series is coming, the question on everyone’s mind is when The Sandman release will be.
The Sandman release date
Thanks to Netflix’s event Geeked Week which is taking place right now, we finally got confirmation of The Sandman release date! Mark your calendars, because the highly-anticipated show will debut on Netflix on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. That’s so soon!
Before we got confirmation on The Sandman release date, Gaiman revealed how many chapters they’ll get to enjoy when it arrives.
Netflix has had prior success with Gaiman-inspired work and hopes that The Sandman series will have the same success that Lucifer has seen since moving to stream service. While everyone waits for the release of The Sandman, they can relive the comics series, the audible version, or revisit every Lucifer season from start to finish.
The Sandman cast
The Sandman cast has been announced and it’s full of awesome actors! Check out the main cast list below.
- Tom Sturridge as Dream
- Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer
- Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne
- Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian
- Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess
- Asim Chaudhry as Abel
- Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain
Check out additional cast members in the tweet below!
The Sandman synopsis
The famous story centers on Death’s brother Morpheus’s adventures, who was imprisoned for many years and finally made his escape. He then embarks on a quest to retrieve the stolen artifacts that were taken from him and take back his power.
Neil Gaiman sat down with Digital Spy to discuss when this take will begin and shared a bit of information about how the Netflix version will entail.
“We’re working with Netflix, we were meant to start shooting at the end of May. Given this COVID world, everything is on pause. The Netflix version is going to begin in 2021, so Morpheus will have been kept prisoner in the Netflix version for 105 years rather than 70 years…”
There is a lot of excitement for this The Sandman series, and fans are very eager to see what the Netflix original will have in store once it finally arrives.
The Sandman teaser trailers
Fans are in for another treat today because along with The Sandman release date, we also got a new teaser! See it here:
We got our first look teaser back in Sept. 2021 at Netflix’s TUDUM event, which got fans of the source material super hyped. Check it out below.
We’ll let you know more about The Sandman series when we find out! Stay tuned for more information about the exciting new Netflix original series.
FanSided Staff contributed to this report.