After many years in which he refused any production set in his famous comic series, Neil Gaiman agreed to sell the rights to Netflix for the adaptation of his new series ‘Sandman’. In a revealing interview for The Rolling StonesGaiman has revealed how once sabotaged a movie that was intended to adapt his classic series of graphic novels starring Morpheus.
The author explains that he leaked a horrible script to the media to prevent the film from coming to fruition: “I sent the script to Ain’t It Cool News, which was being read by quite a few people at the time. And I thought, ‘He asked me what they think of the script that they’re going to receive anonymously.’ And they wrote a fabulous article about how it was the worst script they’d ever been sent. And the prospect of that movie becoming a reality disappeared“.
Gaiman goes on to explain that said script was really the worst his eyes had ever seen: “It was the worst script I’ve ever read.. Someone from Jon Peters’ office called me on the phone and said, ‘Have you had a chance to read the script we sent you?’ To which I replied: ‘Well, yes, I read it. Not quite, but enough.’ He told me, ‘It’s pretty good, huh?’ And I said, ‘No, it really isn’t.’ He said, “Oh, come on, there will be something you like.” And I told him: ‘No, there is nothing I like. It is the worst script I have ever read. It’s not just the worst Sandman script. This is the worst script I’ve ever been sent.‘”.
On track for renewal for a second season
Despite the success obtained during its first days of release, ‘Sandman’ is not yet guaranteed renewal for a second season. However, Gaiman has also assured that the numbers obtained for the first season help to think about this possible renewal. “Doing something like ‘The Sandman’ is incredibly expensive. This is not a cheap show. It’s the opposite of a cheap show. It is very expensive. That means that in order to be renewed, we have to perform as well as can be expected of us. So everyone is very hopeful. It has good pints. We are really on our way to achieving it. But mostly it’s about how we do the month after launch.“.
Nevertheless, the author wanted to reassure fans by making it clear that, in case of not renewing, there would be other possible ways to continue with the series: “When we signed the deal, we made sure that there were other ways to continue with ‘Sandman.’ But we also hoped that none of them would be necessary, because we love our netflix people and they love us“.