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Neil Gaiman

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Sandman is back in development hell
Neil Gaiman's Sandman is one of the most celebrated comics of the 90s. It's also one of the most difficult to adapt. It seemed like there was some hope for the project (that's long been in development hell) when Joseph Gordon...


New Neil Gaiman novel already tapped for film adaptation

Mar 01
// Geoff Henao
I'm just going to put this out there: Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite living authors. From his mature work on Sandman and American Gods to the more kid-friendly stuff like Coraline and The Day I Swapped My Dad for...

Back in March, Hubert covered a plethora of films forever stuck in development hell during his week of Tales from Development Hell coverage. One film adaptation that was covered was for Neil Gaiman's remarkable Sandman. ...


Henry Selick to adapt Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book

Apr 30
// Alex Katz
I'm not as big a fan of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman as I am of his other works. It's entertaining enough, don't get me wrong, but it's just a bit flat, given the potential for cool storytelling out of a main charac...

From Hell: Sandman the Movie

Mar 01 // Hubert Vigilla
The Sandman movie is in Development Hell and may it rot there forever. -- Neil Gaiman (quoted in Tales from Development Hell) Sandman is built on such a big, rich, and complex world. How do you feel about the way movie studios usually handle these kinds of properties? David Hughes: Well, I could go for a cheap shot here, but actually if you look at what I consider to be the turning point -- Bryan Singer's X-Men -- it happened right at the turn of the millennium, and I think it was a key development in having studios listen to the people they had hired, rather than the din from the blogosphere (among whom I count myself). For most of the previous decade, studio executives and high-powered producers -- especially anyone who had anything to do with Batman -- had taken the power away from the creatives. It would take a new wave of superstar creatives -- Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, etc., the Spielbergs and Lucases of the 21st century, if you will -- to show the studios that trusting the creatives was a viable option. So when X-Men kicked a thousand kinds of ass (commercially successful, critically acclaimed) and spawned not only a franchise but a multi-billion dollar cash cow for ALL the studios holding comic book properties, it opened the floodgates. I mean, for Christ's sake, they gave Spider-Man to the Evil Dead guy! They bet the farm on The Frighteners guy! And so on. I think, for the time being at least, the studios MOSTLY handle them just fine. After all, few of us suspected Superman Returns was going to be such a stink-bomb -- Warner Bros trusted the X-Men guy with their no. 2 or no. 3 most precious franchise, and it was a total stillbirth. But so what? They picked themselves up, Smallville lasted 436 seasons, and now they've picked another virtual unknown (Henry Cavill) to don the cape again. Give me that over Nicolas Cage as Supes any day. Even with Tim Burton in charge. Both Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary likened the problems of adaptation and development to putting a baby in peril. How do you view the act of film adaptation at its best and at its worst? It depends on your point of view. As a screenwriter, I love the art of film adaptation -- I've adapted a number of books into films and the process is always different, always thrilling, always frustrating. Obviously if I had created some great IP like The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy or Sandman, I'd be torn between a) wanting to see what it looked like on screen as a movie/mini-series etc., and b) not wanting to see my baby barbecued. But the part of you that wants to see it tends to talk a lot louder than the part that doesn't, so even Neil Gaiman says in the book he'd quite like to see it, as long as it was done with love. Who knows what that might look like? Maybe the guy who did Waltz with Bashir should take a shot at an animated version, close to the comic book. Or maybe it should go the Lord of the Rings/Harry Potter route, with a really huge adaptation that's both faithful and smart, knowing when and where to prune. There was word in 2010 that the CW was developing a Sandman TV show. Any idea if that's going forward or has it joined its movie counterpart in development hell? Well, I put the finishing touches to the book in December 2011, so I think you'll find it's as up to date as it can be -- there are no further developments in that direction.   Previous tales from Hell: Lord of the Rings starring The Beatles Darren Aronofsky's Batman: Year One Paul Verhoeven's Crusade starring Arnold Schwarzenegger Tomorrow: A trip through Development Hell... *          *          * David Hughes is the author of Tales from Development Hell, The Greatest Sci-fi Movies Never Made, The Complete Kubrick, and The Complete Lynch. He is also co-author of Farscape: The Illustrated Companion with Paul Simpson, and has written about film for The Guardian, Empire, GQ, and numerous publications.

[This week we'll be looking at a few movies mentioned in Tales from Development Hell by David Hughes (Titan Books). The recently released book chronicles the arduous and at times absurd development process that films go throu...


Flixist Podcast, Ep 17: Uncharted Eyes

Apr 18
// Adam Dork
Only half of the happy couple was able to join us on this episode of Get Your Flix. There was quite a lot of rambling on interesting subjects but not exactly what we planned. And if you are wondering about our header ima...

Neil Gaiman's American Gods to become an HBO series

Apr 15
// Geoff Henao
It seems like Tom Hanks' production company, Playtone, is keeping busy these days. Following the news of Playtone producing the American Idiot film adaptation, they're shifting their attention to the literary field. Earlier, ...

FLIXCLUSIVE: Gaiman says good chance for Neverwhere

Apr 15 // Geoff Henao
Neil Gaiman fans will remember the Neverwhere BBC series from the mid-90s and the Vertigo comic book adaptation, so it's definitely been adapted into a visual form already (not saying Gaiman's imagery wasn't already so well-defined). For those who are unfamiliar with Neverwhere, it follows a Londoner, Richard Mayhew, as he stumbles upon London Below, a magical realm that runs parallel to the "real" London. With fantasy stories, especially with the kind of following Gaiman has, the perfect combination of lead actor, director, and writer must be found. Granted, you can say that about any film, but it seems like fantasy fans are so much harder to appease. Do any Neil Gaiman fans out there have any suggestions for potential directors/actors for a Neverwhere film?

On April 13th, 2011, Neil Gaiman graced the University of Chicago with his presence for my great city's public library initiative, One Book One Chicago. The basic premise for 1B1C, as it's colloquially known as, is to inspir...

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