The Sandman has been streaming on Netflix for well over a month now, and we still have no word on a second season. Is this cause for concern? Analysts believe it might be.
Although the Neil Gaiman adaptation was a big hit and remains in Netflix's top 10 most-watched list, we know that various other factors contribute to the streamer's decision to give one of its shows another run (the number of people who go on to watch the entire season, for example).
Now, WhatsOnNetflix.com has revised its original "likely" prediction to give the show a 50/50 chance of getting renewed.
Another development that has fans worried is the fact that The Sandman has not been announced as being part of Netflix's upcoming Tudum fan-event on September 24, which is set to showcase pretty much every other current series and movie on the platform.
Gaiman was recently asked about The Sandman's renewal status and why season 2 wasn't a foregone conclusion after the show's success.
"Because Sandman is a really expensive show," the author responded. "And for Netflix to release the money to let us make another season we have to perform incredibly well. So yes, we've been the top show in the world for the last two weeks. That still may not be enough."
Gaiman did go on to confirm that the show can be shopped-around to other networks should Netflix decline to renew it, so that's something!
Hopefully, it won't come to that. We're crossing our fingers for a positive update soon.
Have you guys finished The Sandman yet? What about the bonus episode? You can check out our review here.
"There is another world that waits for all of us when we close our eyes and sleep — a place called the Dreaming, where The Sandman, Master of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), gives shape to all of our deepest fears and fantasies. But when Dream is unexpectedly captured and held prisoner for a century, his absence sets off a series of events that will change both the dreaming and waking worlds forever. To restore order, Dream must journey across different worlds and timelines to mend the mistakes he’s made during his vast existence, revisiting old friends and foes, and meeting new entities — both cosmic and human — along the way."
The Sandman stars Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, Kirby Howell Baptiste as Death, Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, Donna Preston as Despair, Stephen Fry as Gilbert, Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Charles Dance as black magician Roderick Burgess, and Sanjeeve Bhaskar as Cain. Joely Richardson will play Ethel Cripps, while David Thewlis will take on the role of her son John Dee, aka the deranged Dr. Destiny.
The 10-episode first season of The Sandman adapts the first two arcs of the Vertigo comics series, "Preludes and Nocturnes" and "The Doll's House."