Neil Gaiman himself sabotaged the Sandman movie

Sandman creator Neil Gaiman has admitted to sabotaging a planned film adaptation of The Sandman itself.

During an interview with Rolling Stone, the 61-year-old author admitted he leaked a script to the press to halt an earlier attempt to bring The Sandman to the big screen.

“I sent the script to Ain’t It Cool News, which at the time was being read by people,” he revealed. “And I thought, I wonder what Ain’t It Cool News is going to think about the script that they’re going to receive anonymously. And they wrote a fabulous article about it being the worst case scenario that we’ve ever sent to them. And suddenly the prospect of this film happening is gone.”

Peters was adapting The Sandman for Warner Bros. but the film got stuck in development hell in 2001. The Ain’t It Cool News article certainly didn’t help.

“It was the worst script I’ve ever read,” Gaiman said. “A guy from Jon Peters’ office called me up and said, ‘So Neil, did you get a chance to read the script we sent you?’ And I said, ‘Well, yeah. Yeah, I did. I haven’t read it all, but I’ve read enough. He goes, ‘So, pretty good. Huh?’ And I said, ‘Well, no. It really isn’t. He said, ‘Oh, come on. There must have been stuff in there that you liked. I said, ‘He There was nothing in it that I liked. There was nothing in it that I liked. It was the worst script I’ve ever read. It’s not just the worst script of Sandman. This is the worst scenario I’ve ever been sent.'”

Unimpressed with the script, Gaiman decided to sabotage the film himself. The storyline was shaping up to be an action movie with giant mechanical spiders and Lucifer, Morpheus and the Corinthian being identical triplets in a race for the ruby, the bar and the sandbag.

“They were a family of identical brothers, and it was a race to see who could get the ruby, the bar and the sandbag before midnight in 1999, before the start of the new millennium, because whoever got it would be the winner. . That was the plot,” Gaiman revealed.

Funny enough, the giant spider will appear in Peters’ upcoming film, Wild Wild West.

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After this version of the film died, The Sandman changed hands several times.

A version was in the works with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Morpheus, but that too failed to go into production, despite getting Gaiman’s stamp of approval. Following a failed attempt to serialize The Sandman for HBO, the rights were later sold to Netflix…

The Sandman debuted online earlier this month, winning over fans and critics alike.

Whether or not a second season will go into production remains to be seen… but either way, it’s a miracle we got to see the first.

Want to know more about The Sandman? Find out how Netflix changed the story of Calliope plus all our burning questions ahead of the second season.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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