Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is being turned into an audio production by Audible. As revealed by DC Comics, Gaiman is personally involved in the adaptation of his beloved work and, what’s more, the author will be narrating the adaptation personally. Audible’s exclusive audio adaptation will bring the story to life in “meticulously sound-designed, richly immersive audio, featuring an impressive (and as yet, unrevealed) voice cast,” per the publisher.
DC has also revealed a trailer that previews what we can expect with the upcoming adaptation. Have a look.
“Almost 30 years ago, Dirk Maggs approached DC about adapting The Sandman into audio form,” said Gaiman. “It didn’t happen (although it was how Dirk and I first crossed paths) and I’m glad it didn’t happen, because we are in a Golden Age of audio drama right now, and Dirk and I are much better at what we are doing. This is a rich audio adaptation of The Sandman Graphic Novels, brilliantly crafted by Dirk Maggs, with an all-star cast. I’ve loved being there to talk casting, there to read the scripts and offer occasional advice, and there in the studios, watching magic get made and recording the narration. I can’t wait until the world hears what we’ve done.”
“Audible prides itself on creating and producing immersive and entertaining storytelling, and the exclusive audio production of Neil Gaiman’s legendary comic book series marks a thrilling addition to our original content offerings,” said Dave Blum, Editor-in-Chief of Audible Originals. “We’re excited to join Neil and DC in bringing this extraordinary and beloved universe to Audible’s millions of listeners worldwide, for the very first time.”
Here is the official synopsis for The Sandman.
“When an occultist attempts to capture the physical embodiment of Death in a bargain for eternal life, he instead mistakenly traps Death’s younger brother Morpheus, the King of Dreams. After his seventy-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Morpheus goes on a quest to reclaim his lost objects of power and rebuild his realm. From there, one of greatest and most successful series of graphic novels ever written begins. Celebrated globally for its vibrant blend of modern myth and dark fantasy—which seamlessly interweaves contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend—The Sandman follows Morpheus, and the people and places he’s affected, as he tries to mend the cosmic and human mistakes he’s made during his Endless existence.”
Netflix is also currently planning a TV series based on The Sandman. At one point, a movie was in the works at Warner Bros., with Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to star. That, however, was ultimately scrapped over creative differences.