THE SANDMAN Author Neil Gaiman Explains Why A (Potential) Season 2 Announcement Is Taking So Long

THE SANDMAN Author Neil Gaiman Explains Why A (Potential) Season 2 Announcement Is Taking So Long THE SANDMAN Author Neil Gaiman Explains Why A (Potential) Season 2 Announcement Is Taking So Long

Despite steaming for over a month, Netflix has yet to reveal whether The Sandman will be returning for a second season, and Neil Gaiman has now explained why any potential announcement is taking so along.

By MarkCassidy - Sep 22, 2022 12:09 PM EST
Filed Under: The Sandman

The Sandman has performed very well for Netflix, but was it a big enough hit for the streamer to renew the Neil Gaiman adaptation for a second season? We know that various other factors contribute to the decision to give one of its shows another run (the number of people who binge-watch the entire season, for example), but the longer we go without an announcement, the more worried fans become.

Recently, concerns were amplified even further when The Sandman was not listed 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. This was followed by revising its original "likely" prediction to give the show a 50/50 chance of getting renewed.

It's come to a point where fans are starting to hound Gaiman for answers on social media, but he obviously has no say in the matter (and may not be allowed to prematurely reveal any info he does have), and Tweeted the following response to one of his followers last night.

Unfortunately, we're just going to have to wait and see what happens, but we're keeping our fingers crossed.

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."

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Pssst - 9/22/2022, 12:35 PM
I wished this was a HBO show. Production values would be even higher and season 2 would have already been confirmed. But no, they had to sell it to Netflix of all platforms.
MovieMonster - 9/22/2022, 12:37 PM
@Pssst - WB did offer this to HBO but they passed on it.
mastakilla39 - 9/22/2022, 1:00 PM
@Pssst - Netflix has a higher budget per episode than hbo. i think they passed on it becuz of the budget. If u think Netflix looked cheap, than hbo would have been even cheaper looking becuz they arent willing to spend as much as netflix or amazon unless its GoT releated
JoeInTheBox - 9/22/2022, 1:12 PM
@Pssst - Sandman is already an HBO production through the WB. They passed on it, and Netflix was the only outlet willing to pony up the budget for it.
MovieMonster - 9/22/2022, 12:39 PM
I really liked this show and there's a lot of story to explore in future seasons. Things are always 50/50 with Netflix and I'd say HBO Max should pick it up if Netflix doesn't but I don't see it happening with the current mess at WBD.
GhostDog - 9/22/2022, 12:52 PM
All respect to Gaiman
VictorAlonzo - 9/22/2022, 1:14 PM
@GhostDog - Seriously. I never read this book, but I always heard great things. This was a one day binge for me. Excellent storytelling, superb visuals.
It restored my faith in what a comic book adaptation can still be in post phase 3 era. I'm looking forward to season 2 of this and Severance.
GhostDog - 9/22/2022, 1:19 PM
@VictorAlonzo - I was pleasantly surprised how this show hooked me. Great adaptation.

Severance was so damn good. Such a ride.
VictorAlonzo - 9/22/2022, 1:24 PM
@GhostDog - Indeed. Between those two, BCS, Rick & Morty, Atlanta and even SHULK- this has been a great year for television.
Odin - 9/22/2022, 2:20 PM
@VictorAlonzo - If I may recommend some Gaiman, American Gods is a fantasy classic. Very character driven story, very mysterious feel to it. Managed to surprise me a bit with the ending.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, if you are mood for some somber fantasy. Sort of childhood's melancholy feel in the story.
Good Omens, a Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett joint effort. Hilariously witty satire on religious stories and expectations about apocalypse in modern times. Perfectly blends the two authors' style.
bkmeijer1 - 9/22/2022, 12:57 PM
I hope that Netflix takes this as a signal that people don't all watch it in the weekend it premieres. Think with the both halves being fairly self-contained stories this was the perfect season to drop in two parts
thelastson18 - 9/22/2022, 12:58 PM
Probably my favorite comic book show of the year, I’m reading the graphic novels now and it’s impressive how well they adapted the first chapter of this story. Really hoping it’s picked up for season 2
JohnPain - 9/22/2022, 1:06 PM

The long goodbye

McMurdo - 9/22/2022, 9:34 PM
@JohnPain - the longest. He might be the next Rian Johnson.
ModHaterSLADE - 9/22/2022, 1:13 PM
Despite thinking it ended on a meh note I thought this was a great adaption. Can definitely see with such a beautifully shot show why the cost was so high.
slickrickdesigns - 9/22/2022, 1:17 PM
“ and is complicated by a lot of people not binge-watching it, but spreading it out, letting episodes sink in before watching the next. ”

I wonder why they’re not binge watching? Maybe because the shows too slow??? If they do a season two maybe they should fix the pacing of scenes and dialogue.

MuadDib - 9/22/2022, 1:52 PM
This needs to be picked up by someone, Netflix, HBOMAX, Prime, Apple, the list is long and it doesn’t really matter who does it as long as it gets picked up and the quality stays the same. I could easily see 3-5 seasons, this show has so much potential. But considering how long it took to develop and put out the 1st season, I feel like all this dragging of the feet will undoubtedly delay a 2nd season regardless of who’s picking it up
TheSuperMex - 9/22/2022, 2:13 PM
Hopefully there is season 2. Death’s episode was my favorite.
Reeds2Much - 9/22/2022, 2:26 PM
They'll probably skip Dream Country since it's basically just a filler book and they've already done like half of it for the "extra" episodes. They can probably do the other stories as extra episodes for Season 2. Seasons of Mist is a pretty amusing yarn. It's probably slower than Preludes & Nocturnes and Doll's House.
Tasmaniac - 9/22/2022, 6:04 PM
“People not binge watching it”. Are you [frick]ing serious?! I absolutely loved the show, but I also have a 50 hour a week job and a family - you know, a life. [frick] me. Binge watch my arse…
DenvertheDino - 9/22/2022, 7:27 PM
Let it die. Season 1 was enough.
McMurdo - 9/22/2022, 9:32 PM
Lol Gaiman in denial. People stopped watching after Hell. The second half of the seasons story is a bore. He should tweet about Rings of Power some more.
spideysense - 9/23/2022, 3:04 AM
Would rather move on from this show and have them try something else more exciting/interesting. Maybe faster pace. This one died in the middle. An over arching story moving somewhere over the whole season would have maybe helped. But as soon as he got his items back the show was over for me. The immortal guy episode was good. A whole show about him might be cool… but then that would just be a less exciting Highlander.
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