The Sandman TV Network Adapt "Would've Been a Bad Show": Eric Kripke

Earlier today, we checked in on how things were going with Netflix's The Sandman as it continues its march towards a well-deserved second season. And that included Neil Gaiman offering his thoughts on Eric Kripke's (Supernatural, The Boys) efforts to adapt the work for Warner Bros. TV for the networks (only for the efforts to be shuttered in 2011). In the tweet, Gaiman praised Kripke's effort to adapt The Sandman, referring to it as a "terrific network TV version" of the work but that it suffered from the limitations that come with network television. Well, it didn't take long for news to reach Kripke, who appreciated the kind words and offered more perspective on what went down with the project. "Kind of you, sir. WB gave me a crack at ['The Sandman'] but said it had to be network. It was my fave comic, inspired much of [SPN], so I tried. Neil was kind and patient but ultimately, it would've been a bad show," Kripke shared. But in the bigger picture, Kripke is happy with how it all played out. "I'm glad he held out. 'Sandman' on Netflix is lush, stunning. GO WATCH!"

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Now here's a look at Kripke's response from earlier:

And here's a look back to Gaiman's original tweet that got the pleasant, respectful exchange between the two started:

And just in case you missed it the last time we passed it along, here's a deleted scene from S01E01, "Sleep of the Just," as Alex (Laurie Kynaston) confronts his father Roderick (Charles Dance) about the mysterious "Sleeping Sickness" that's spread ever since they captured Morpheus (Tom Sturridge):

The two-part Episode 11 is a mix of live-action and animation, adapting Gaiman's "A Dream of a Thousand Cats" & "Calliope" with a line-up of names that includes James McAvoy, David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Sandra Oh, Arthur Darvill, and more, from a teleplay by Catherine Smyth-McMullen. And to say it's been well-received would be an understatement. Here's a look back at the overview and trailer for Netflix's The Sandman S10E11 "A Dream of a Thousand Cats"/"Calliope":

There is another world that waits for all of us when we close our eyes and sleep — a place called the Dreaming, where The Sandman, Master of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), gives shape to all of our deepest fears and fantasies. But when Dream is unexpectedly captured and held prisoner for a century, his absence sets off a series of events that will change both the dreaming and waking worlds forever. To restore order, Dream must journey across different worlds and timelines to mend the mistakes he's made during his vast existence, revisiting old friends and foes, and meeting new entities — both cosmic and human — along the way.

Netflix's The Sandman stars Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Jenna Coleman, Niamh Walsh, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Kyo Ra, Stephen Fry, Razane Jammal, Sandra James Young, Patton Oswalt, and Mark Hamill. The series stems from Warner Bros. TV, EP & co-writer Neil Gaiman (Good Omens); EP, co-writer & showrunner Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman); and EP & co-writer David S. Goyer.

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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