Neil Gaiman Reveals the Netflix Sandman Series Will Be Set in Present Day. Those of us clamoring for more info on the upcoming Netflix Sandman series got a bit more info from writer Neil Gaiman at DC’s Fandome event. Including that the production is beginning to start back up again amid the COVID pandemic, and what time period the series will take place in.
“Right now as the universal pause button is starting to come off, we’re starting to cast again,” Gaiman said. “I’m getting these inspiring and wonderful emails with production designs with places that I’d only ever seen in the comics before, now being rendered in 3D, and I’m being asked to comment on it. That’s amazing.”
“What we’re doing with Netflix is saying ‘OK It’s still going to start in 1916, but the thing that happens in ‘Sandman’ 1, the point that the story starts is not 1988. It’s now. And how does that change the story? What does that give us? What does that make us have to look at that we wouldn’t have to look at if we were setting it as a period piece? What is that going to do to the gender of characters, what is that going to do to the nature of characters? What’s that going to do to the story? And that has been an absolute delight. Because it means we are always being true to the story and being true to the characters. But it gives us tremendous freedom to go, ‘OK if we were doing it now what would ‘Sandman’ be?’ And that, again, is very liberating.”
While it may take a bit for more info, it is nice to know that the wheels have started to turn again!