Audible's Adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman' Will Feature Andy Serkis, James McAvoy and More!
Updated: May 14
While we wait for Netflix's upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s comic book series The Sandman, we've now learned that Audible will be releasing their own adaptation, with the first part arriving this summer!
The news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, who lets us know that the first part "adapts the first three volumes of the graphic novel series (Preludes & Nocturnes, The Doll’s House and Dream Country)."
Audible's version will be adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs and will feature narration by Gaimon himself! Audible's The Sandman has also put together quite a stellar cast, which includes Riz Ahmed, Kat Dennings, Taron Egerton, James McAvoy, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Andy Serkis and Michael Sheen! Setting the stage for their performance is an original musical score by British Academy Award winner James Hannigan (Dead Space 3).
Here's the full rundown via Audible...
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times Magazine as “the greatest epic in the history of comic books”, The Sandman changed the game with its dark, literary world of fantasy and horror – creating a global, cultural phenomenon in the process. At long last, Audible and DC present the first-ever audio production of the New York Times best-selling series written by acclaimed storyteller Neil Gaiman (who also serves as co-executive producer). Adapted and directed by multi-award-winner (and frequent Gaiman collaborator) Dirk Maggs, and performed by an ensemble cast with James McAvoy (It, Parts one and two, X-Men: First Class, Split) in the title role, this first installment of a multi-part original audio series will transport you to a world that re-writes the rules of audio entertainment the way that The Sandman originally re-defined the graphic novel.
When The Sandman, also known as Lord Morpheus – the immortal king of dreams, stories and the imagination – is pulled from his realm and imprisoned on Earth by a nefarious cult, he languishes for decades before finally escaping. Once free, he must retrieve the three “tools” that will restore his power and help him to rebuild his dominion, which has deteriorated in his absence. As the multi-threaded story unspools, The Sandman descends into Hell to confront Lucifer (Michael Sheen), chases rogue nightmares who have escaped his realm, and crosses paths with an array of characters from DC comic books, ancient myths, and real-world history, including: Inmates of Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum, Doctor Destiny, the muse Calliope, the three Fates, William Shakespeare (Arthur Darvill), and many more.
Fans will especially revel in a new twist for the audio adaptation: Neil Gaiman himself serves as the narrator. Follow him as he leads listeners along a twisting path of myths, imagination and, often, terror. Even in your wildest dreams, you’ve never heard anything like this.
The first installment of Audible's The Sandman will be available on July 15th.