Sometimes things don’t work the first time around, or the second, or even the third. But it would appear that when it comes to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series that Netflix is willing to spend the money it will take in order to make this finally happen. For years now the series has been more than a little popular and it’s been widely desired when it comes to seeing an on-screen representation, but the direction hasn’t been quite as easy to follow as some might think. Gaiman can write a great story but the difficulty in following his words has been evidenced by American Gods if you’ve watched the first two seasons of that particular series. But perhaps Netflix will have more luck in this matter, and could possibly bring the series into a better light where fans can possibly enjoy the show.
Georgina Torbet from Engadget is optimistic that this could work and it would seem that after so long it might finally be time to see something develop that people will understand and enjoy. Having been started back in the 80s the Sandman series has been one that has been around for quite some time and has been gaining in popularity over the years as more and more people have been turned on to the idea and the story. While it hasn’t been as successful when attempting to bring forth a visual representation that transcends the written page, it’s been kept predominantly in the graphic novels since in many ways it seemed to not be ready for anything else. A lot of people might disagree but at the same time one has to think that in order to do it justice it needed time to mature and fully develop. There are still many that don’t know who the Sandman is, or even who Neil Gaiman are, though have likely watched or heard of a couple of his stories. This is the general idea however, as Sandman is popular among its own fan base but isn’t fully known in a wider capacity that can help it reach more and more viewers. It’s easy to believe, and definitely seems to inspire hope, that the series could reach more people when coming to Netflix, but at the same time it will have to be quite an engaging show in order to really get people on board.
It’s likely that this will happen and that people will in fact come to think of the show as something that’s fully worth the attention. What will make all the difference is how close to the source material the show stays and how true to the overall tale the director will attempt to stay. This is the downfall of many stories that are taken from books, comics, and videos, which means a great percentage of the movies and shows made today. The source material becomes less important than the actual show or movie and as a result the production starts to suffer as it no longer resonates with the fans, the people that helped to make the idea famous in the first place, and sooner rather than later the overall thought is that it’s something far different than what was expected. The source material is far more important at times than many people seem to think and while it’s necessary to shift and move some things around, it’s usually better to follow the course that’s been laid in order to appease the people that have essentially been making sure the story will stay relevant, since in a way they are actually footing the bill as they’re willing to pay for the privilege of being able to see their favorite ideas being brought to the screen. One could argue this up and down since in some opinions the fans don’t matter, but if not for the fans, there’s a good deal of pop culture that wouldn’t exist at this point, at least not in the same capacity.
The Sandman series could be one of the next big things to come to Netflix, but it will be a while in coming as the desire to deliver a quality program. According to Lesley Goldberg of The Hollywood Reporter an 11-episode order has already been put in, so the faith that it will at least be presentable is enough to give to the people is high. Hopefully this means that the story that people enjoy will be treated with the utmost respect and will be represented in a manner that fans will find agreeable. The chances that it will be considered perfect are low since there’s always bound to be someone that will seek to criticize every little piece of a program, but the fans of this series are excited at this point, and that seems to be enough for now. Let’s hope for the best.