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Neil Gaiman Says Netflix’s ‘Sandman’ Is Set In 2021

Morpheus’ imprisonment will be a bit longer in Netflix’s adaptation of The Sandman. Neil Gaiman says the series is set in 2021.

Gaiman told Digital Spy Netflix’s adaptation should have begun filming in May. Shooting was postponed due to COVID-19. However, Gaiman says the series will narratively begin in 2021.

The Netflix series adapts Gaiman’s graphic novels of the same name. The Sandman follows Death’s brother Morpheus after he escapes into the real world following years of imprisonment. Morpheus is captured in 1916 and imprisoned for 70 years. Rather than move this timeline up, the Netflix project will extend it. In other words, Morpheus will have been imprisoned for over 100 years when he’s released in the Netflix timeline in 2021.

DC Comic's The Sandman
via DC Comics

It will definitely be interesting to see how the extra time in prison affects Morpheus and how the story will change to fit into the modern world.

Check out the official synopsis of The Sandman series below:

The Sandman tells the story of Dream, also known as Morpheus, one of the seven Endless. The other Endless are Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium (formerly Delight), and Destruction (also known as ‘The Prodigal’). The series is famous for Gaiman’s trademark use of anthropomorphic personification of various metaphysical entities, while also blending mythology and history in its horror setting within the DC Universe. The Sandman shows how Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, is captured and subsequently learns that sometimes change is inevitable.

More Sandman content

Fans looking for another entirely new way to consume The Sandman can check out the special Audible series. The first installment of the multi-part production dropped July 15.

Gaiman himself narrates the audiobook, which includes a full voice cast, cinematic soundscape and original musical score. James McAvoy voices Morpheus. Supporting cast members include Riz Ahmed, Kat Dennings, Taron Egerton, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, and Andy Serkis.

Be sure to check back with That Hashtag Show for the latest on The Sandman, Netflix, and more audio special releases.

Source: Digital Spy

By Jessica Lancaster

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