Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel series, The Sandman, has been a fan favorite since it was first published back in 1989, and this Summer, fans will have a whole new way to enjoy these characters with a brand new audio-drama from Audible and DC Comics narrated by Gaiman himself.
Directed by Dirk Maggs, the adaptation will feature meticulous sound design and rich, immersive audio according to a press release we’ve just received. Maggs has worked with Gaiman previously creating audio adaptations of The Anansi Boys, Good Omens, Neverwhere, a Stardust.
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. ka ʻO 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.
Gaiman has been involved in every step of the process, bringing The Sandman to life in audio with Maggs.
“Almost 30 years ago, Dirk Maggs approached DC about adapting The Sandman into audio form. 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,” Gaiman said in a statement. “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.”
“This audio iteration of The Sandman is huge in scope and ambition and based exclusively on Neil’s original notes and scripts for his iconic DC series. Our production dives deep into Neil’s imagination, as if he is writing these tales beside us, lifting out details and story elements few have been privy to until now,” Maggs added. “Audio uniquely complements the comic book artists’ visual imagination and Neil’s creative brilliance, while our amazing cast and Jim Hannigan’s music add new emotional punch. This project’s three-decade incubation period has been worth every minute of the wait. It’s the very essence of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.”
The Sandman has been a hot property over the years with several attempts at adaptation, most of which have failed to come to fruition–it was only recently announced that Netflix had optioned a visual adaptation of the story–so it will be a special treat to fans to experience this particular adaptation of Gaiman’s work.
You can check out an AUDIO CLIP for the new series by KA LANI MA.
There is no word yet on casting for the audio series. The first installment of The Sandman will be available for download Summer 2020 in English with subsequent releases in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.