Neil Gaiman's popular and highly influential The Sandman still remains one of fantasy's definitive works, even after 30+ years – and now, it's getting its first-ever audio production as a multi-part Audible Original directed by the visionary Dirk Maggs (Good Omens, Anansi Boys). Set to arrive this summer (with news on the voice cast coming soon), the project has Gaiman serving as creative director, executive producer, and narrator – with Maggs serving as the project's executive producer as well as writer and director, and an original score by award-winning composer and musician James Hannigan.
"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. 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."
– Neil Gaiman
While DC Comics' The Sandman consists of ten main graphic novels, three sequel collections, and a number of spinoffs set within Gaiman's universe, Audible's series will focus on the first storyline, "Preludes & Nocturnes":
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.