What a long, strange road it’s been to get here, where we’re just a couple of weeks from a live-action Sandman series hitting our screens. And if you’re a fan of the source material, you should be extremely pleased it’s taken this long. I’ve read some of the drafts that were handed in for the feature film version of this…and they were… painful. I’m sure I haven’t read as many as The Neil has, but I fear that is his burden to bear.
Speaking of The Neil, after the trailer hit in San Diego, Vanity Fair had him stop by to give a creator’s commentary on the thing:
Some observations of my own, for whatever they’re worth.
- Charles Dance. Because Sir Christopher Lee was unavailable to take the role of Roderick Burgess, Dance is the only viable substitute.
- Boyd Holbrook. Most of the actors I’m familiar with who have been cast are pretty much perfect. David Thewlis as John Dee? Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer? This is all good stuff. The actor I’m unfamiliar with, but I have enough information from the trailer to go ahead and make a call…Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian so far looks fucking Solid.
- Matthew & Mervyn. Speaking of casting, Patton Oswalt and Mark Hamill are beyond perfect for these roles.
- 24 Hours. I’m going to be fascinated/terrified to watch this thing in live action. This might be one of the hardest things to adapt in the whole series, honestly.
- Season 2. I’m also going to be fascinated to see if Netflix actually allows a second season, since they cancel things left, right and center.