'The Sandman': Release date, plot, creator and everything you need to know about Netflix's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel

'The Sandman': Release date, plot, creator and everything you need to know about Netflix's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel

Fans of ‘The Sandman’ can now rejoice. After decades of being stuck in production hell, the classic graphic novel by Neil Gaiman will be adapted into an 11-episode series by Netflix. ‘The Sandman’ is one of the most iconic books in comic book history, the fantastical story of Dream of the Endless, Prince of Stories and Lord of Dreams. Though ‘The Sandman’ has struggled to make the transition from print to screen, its spin-off series ‘Lucifer’, written by Mike Carey, has already been made into a highly successful show - which is probably why Netflix decided to give ‘The Sandman’ show the go ahead.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming fantasy series:

Release date

We don’t yet know when 'The Sandman' will arrive on Netflix. Production is expected to start by 2020 so the earliest we can hope to watch it would be sometime in the latter half of that year. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.



The first season will adapt ‘Preludes and Nocturnes’, which collects the first eight issues of ‘The Sandman’. Gaiman has hinted that the first season will also cover some content from the second collected volume in the series, ‘The Doll’s House’.

‘Preludes and Nocturnes’ tells the story of Dream’s imprisonment and eventual escape. The volume then follows Dream as he rebuilds his lost power and returns to his domain, the Dreaming. ‘The Doll’s House’ continues immediately after the end of ‘Preludes and Nocturnes’ and introduces a conspiracy against Dream that threatens to destroy the universe as we know it.


No confirmations have been made about potential cast members but since Lucifer and Mazikeen from the hit show ‘Lucifer’ made their first comic book appearance in ‘Preludes and Nocturnes’ we can probably hope to see Tom Ellis and Lesley-Ann Brandt make appearances as the Devil and his loyal demon respectively.



Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman of the television show ‘Good Omens’ speaks during the Amazon Prime Video Session of the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on February 13, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Getty Images)

One of the most acclaimed writers of today, Gaiman has employed his skills to create novels, non-fiction, comic books, TV scripts, and film screenplays, among other things. His ‘Good Omens’ and ‘American Gods’ have both been adapted as successful shows and ‘Lucifer’ features characters created by Gaiman for ‘The Sandman’. Gaiman will serve as an executive producer on the series and is also set to co-write the pilot alongside David Goyer.


With production yet to begin, a trailer is not yet available but we will be updating this space as soon as it drops.

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‘American Gods’

‘Good Omens’



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