Michael Jackson wanted to play Morpheus in a ‘Sandman’ movie

  • Neil Gaiman talked about his Netflix series, “The Sandman,” on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast.
  • Gaiman said Michael Jackson called Warner Bros. in 1996 and had come forward to play the role of Morpheus.
  • “The Sandman,” starring Tom Sturridge, premiered August 5 on Netflix.

Neil Gaiman has said that Michael Jackson wanted to play Morpheus, the main character in an adaptation of his famous comic book series, “The Sandman”.

Gaiman made the revelation during a new episode of Josh Horowitz’s “Happy Sad Confused” podcast, which aired Friday.

The 10-episode series premiered Aug. 5 on Netflix, but there have been previous attempts to turn the award-winning comic into a movie or TV show, according to Gaiman. Morpheus is played by Tom Sturridge in the Netflix version.

“In 1996 I was taken to Warners, where the chairman of Warner Bros. sat me down and said Michael Jackson had phoned him the night before and asked if he could play Morpheus. in ‘The Sandman.'” Gaiman told Horowitz.

He added: “So there was a lot of interest in it and they knew it was one of the crown jewels and what did I think of it? And I was like, ‘Ooh.'”

Although Jackson never played Morpheus, he tackled other acting projects like “Men in Black II” in 2002.

Michael Jackson, concert in Rotterdam, 1992.

Michael Jackson has signed up for the role of Morpheus in an adaptation of ‘The Sandman’.

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CBR.com reported that efforts to adapt “The Sandman” began in 1991 but remained unsuccessful for years. According to the outlet, an adaptation gained momentum in 2013, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt “set to play Morpheus, but he later left the project due to creative differences.

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In an interview with Rolling Stone, Gaiman revealed that he once sabotaged a film adaptation of “The Sandman” by leaking the script to the press.

“I sent the script to Ain’t It Cool News, which at the time was being read by people,” Gaiman told the outlet. “And I thought, I wonder what Ain’t It Cool News will think about the script that they’re going to get anonymously. And they wrote a fabulous article about it being the worst script that they ever received. And suddenly the prospect of this film happening was gone.”

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