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‘The Sandman’ cast and creators discuss the pressure to bring comic books to TV (exclusive)

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the Sandman The adaptation has been years in the making and is finally making its debut on the small screen! The 10-episode series premiered on Netflix this Friday, and the long-awaited adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved comic series is packing serious heat for eager fans.

Tackling the comic’s story from the outset, the series follows Morpheus (Tom Sturridge), better known as Dream and the Titanic Sandman, as he returns to his kingdom of Dreaming to return to his decades-long imprisonment by humans. becomes free from The anthropomorphic personality of Dreams reveals that in his absence his home has fallen into disrepair and that he needs to correct the mistakes made during his vast existence, revisit old friends and foes, and seek new ones to restore order. One must travel to different worlds and times to meet people. Entities – both cosmic and human – on the way.

The series stars Sturridge with a star-studded cast that includes Kirby Howell-Baptis, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Achempong, Stephen Fry, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Choudhury, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Jolie Richardson, Mason Alexander Park and The Voice. Are included. Work by Patton Oswalt and Mark Hamill.

The show was originally launched in 2013 by filmmaker David S. Introduced as a film adaptation by Goyer, but remained in development momentum for years. Netflix has tied up with Warner Bros. To produce it as a series in June 2019. bring the fantasy world of sandman The graphic novel on the small screen was no easy feat, but it was one that Gaiman was determined to get right.

,[This story] There is a lot of stuff that wasn’t told before on television. People know what hospital dramas or legal dramas and things have in common because they’ve seen them before. He has seen space operas. they didn’t see sandmanAnd the opportunity to really do something new on television, it doesn’t come along very often, and we’ve got to do it,” Gaiman told ET.

“And we had to do it for ourselves because we didn’t know if anyone else would like it, but we knew we had to make something we’d love. And now, people are watching the episodes, and the reaction is honestly really I’m a little underwhelming. And I’m like, ‘Okay, cool. We made this for us, and they love it too.'”

Netflix drops 'The Sandman' teaser and reveals August release date
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Showrunner Alan Heinberg shared that the most exciting part of the process was collaborating with scores of cast and creators behind the scenes, “Once the script is written and you get everyone in the process, and it’s high.” Well, you get to see what the props are doing. You get to see what the production designers are doing, and the VFX, and everyone is bringing their talents and their magical powers to it, and Making it more beautiful and luxurious than I could have imagined.”

Gaiman, who lived in New Zealand during production, said watching the process from afar via Zoom also allowed him to share his sense of excitement. Gaiman shared, “It was something I never believed would actually happen. And for most of Sandman’s lifetime, which began 34 years ago, it just couldn’t happen.” “You couldn’t make a big-budget TV series and really make comics into great television. At the time, people were trying desperately to take 3,000 pages by 3,000 pages. sandman And make a two-hour film out of that, and the question was, what do you throw away? And by the time you throw away all that stuff, you’ve got nothing sandman anymore.”

Certainly not the case with the upcoming series. Previously released photos, videos and two minute trailer Tease a live retelling of the award-winning comedy series that will delight fans of all seriousness — even with a few tweaks to the original that curious eyes will immediately notice.

Before any fan riots, all of the changes had Gaiman’s seal of approval, and resulted in a story he declared could be “even more strange and heartwarming” than his original work.

“There were definitely places where we felt like we were allowed to change anything, which I borrowed wholesale from the DC Universe when I was doing it, so we got to totally take on Jack Kirby and Joe Simon’s superhero, Sandman. Had to take apart. I think it’s as fun as I did in the original sandman,Said the English author. But we didn’t do that in the comics.”

So much of the potential success of the series can be credited to the show’s cast, which is plentiful. sandman Fans who wanted to do right with their brilliant characters.

Sturridge admitted that he was “extremely afraid” of playing the King of Dreams because he is such a staunch fan of the original comics. “I understand the feelings that my fellow fans would have about adapting to something that is so sacred to all of us. But, that fear is a drive, and it keeps you focused, and ultimately blessed. more blessed, having a co-worker in Neil Gaiman was an absolute privilege,” he told ET.

Achempong echoed the sentiment, though the former substitute teacher claimed there was no hesitation when he accepted the role of Dreaming’s librarian Lucien.

“I was like, ‘Yeah, give me this job,'” she shared with a laugh. “You’ve got Neil Gaiman… [and] It took him a long time to adapt it for TV for a reason, and it all felt right. The right creative team, and it’s an absolute privilege and an honor for Neil Gaiman to be like, ‘Yeah, you can play the role.’ So, I felt intimidated, but very safe and on the ground that we were going to make something really special.”

Coleman, who plays undercover detective Johanna Constantine and her 18th-century ancestor, Lady Johanna Constantine, felt the same way, sharing that she was “so confident” of appearing on the series as a fan. . “I think the most important thing often happens with something, especially when you’re doing something new and you’re bringing something to the screen for the first time… it’s always trying to find the pitch,” she said. Told. “What is live action sound—like the tone and feel? And I think because it goes through so many different kinds of areas, it was [about] Kind of navigating the tone.”

Howell-Baptis shared that she found the best way in acting and in life—not to think about what comes next, “be it people’s opinions or praise or whatever.”

“I think the way to be happy and content is to be as present as possible,” said the actress who plays Death, Dream’s kind and understanding sister. “So for me, being presented with the opportunity to play a role that I first read the Sandman Removed any apprehension or doubt in my mind about the response.”

Kirby Howell-Baptis and Tom Sturridge in 'The Sandman'
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Christie – who has more than enough experience to bring the book’s characters to life after their time game of Thrones — She agreed with her co-star, saying that although it deals with “always interesting” material that already has curious audiences, she focuses more on her character. “It’s not useful for me to think [the reaction]I wouldn’t have been able to do it otherwise,” she admitted. “But it’s heartening to know that there’s already a whole world of people who have a meaningful relationship with the material.”

For Fry, there’s grace in the fact that Gaiman is still around and kicking. “If you’re taking a famous character from a writer who has since been passed down in history, you’re dealing with academics who are telling you what that character means or has a fan base. ,” They said. “The beauty of the writer being alive is that if she approves, or she accepts your place in the role, you feel right. And luckily, Neil was very encouraging.”

Vanesu Samunyai, who plays Rose Walker, diplomatically said that the cast and producer “can only do so much,” when it comes to how fans will find their work.

“Even if people hate it, there’s only so much you can do, and life goes on. If it’s the worst thing in the world, I mean, it’s also an achievement! Worst thing I’ve made. Do what you can, you try your best, and then you just hope it’s lovingly received and well received.”

the Sandman Premieres on Netflix August 5.

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