Iftekharul Islam |
Jun 18, 2022 5:00:19 p.m.
Neil Gaiman is a popular name in the fantasy genre of novels. Many of his acclaimed books, such as Coraline, american godsand Good omen, have been adapted into films or television series and have also been successful on the big screen.
However, in terms of comics, Gaiman’s major success is The sand manthe modified version of the 1940s DC Comics superhero.
Gaiman was tasked with portraying the DC Comics character in his own way, and he pulled it off well, making The sand man one of the most popular comic book series in history. The latest announcement of the live-action adaptation of the series has taken it to another level.
The sand man is not a comic about superheroes fighting villains. The titular character, Sandman/Morpheus, is originally Dream, the ruler of the dream world, from where he controls the dreams of every living thing.
He is above all creation that existed, perhaps even before the beginning of time. But he is not alone ; he has six other siblings – Destiny, Death, Desire, Destruction, Despair, and Delirium, who exist out of necessity for the universe.
Together they form the Infinite, the group of personifications of metaphysical entities, each ruling its own world.
The The story becomes increasingly complex as it explains the dysfunctional relationships and sibling rivalries between the entities, which morph into deeper philosophical meanings.
Neil Gaiman makes full use of his trademark literary talents to draw inspiration from religion, great novels, Shakespearean comedy, tragedy, history, Norse, Greek and various mythologies and incorporate them into the story .
Its graphic narration makes The sand man complex, ambitious and fulfilling enough to take its place in the literary world.
Plans for the live-action adaptation of this series began in 1991 and went through a state of uncertainty for many years. There was an initiative for a film adaptation in 2013, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Dream and possibly as director, but creative differences halted the project in 2016.
Finally, in 2019, Netflix announced The sand man to be adapted into a live-action television series, with Neil Gaiman behind development and David S. Goyer serving as director.
This 10-episode series will mainly cover Preludes & Nocturnes and The doll housethe first two issues of the comic book series.
The famous Dream is to be seen mistakenly captured in its weakened state in 1916 by a group of occultists who hoped to imprison Death to gain immortality.
After several decades, Dream breaks free from captivity and embarks on a journey to reclaim his kingdom from the dream world, which has entered a state of decay since his absence.
The TV series features a stellar cast, including Dream’s Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Fry, Mark Hamill and many more. Some of the actors are prominent in the British television and film industry.
Slated for an August 5 release, only time will tell if it has faithfully adapted Neil Gaiman’s masterful creations.