THE SANDMAN Author Neil Gaiman Reveals That Michael Jackson Wanted To Play Morpheus In The '90s

THE SANDMAN Author Neil Gaiman Reveals That Michael Jackson Wanted To Play Morpheus In The '90s THE SANDMAN Author Neil Gaiman Reveals That Michael Jackson Wanted To Play Morpheus In The '90s

Neil Gaiman has revealed that none other than Michael Jackson, the controversial King of Pop who passed away back in 2009, wanted to play Morpheus in an adaptation of The Sandman back in 1996...

By MarkCassidy - Aug 27, 2022 01:08 PM EST
Filed Under: The Sandman

The Sandman is now streaming on Netflix, but the 11-episode show does not mark the first time an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's seminal comic series has been attempted - far from it.

We've heard about several different movie and TV scripts doing the rounds over the years that never came to fruition for various reasons (mostly, because they weren't very good), with Joseph Gordon Levitt coming fairly close to getting his big-screen take off the ground back in 2013.

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There were much earlier ventures, however, and one of them could have starred Michael Jackson!

During a clip from the latest episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Gaiman revealed that after coming in for a meeting with Warner Bros. to discuss the possibility of a Sandman movie back in 1996, he was informed that the "King of Pop" had called the studio and told them he wanted to play Morpheus.

Nothing ever came of it, obviously, but it's a good thing Gaiman controls the rights to his characters!

In a separate interview with Rolling Stone, the writer discusses one particular script from Jon Peters - and yes, this one also had giant mechanical spiders in it - which he describes as "the worst" he's ever read.

"Lucifer, Morpheus, and the Corinthian were identical triplets," Gaiman explained. "They were a family of identical brothers, and it was all a race to see who could get the ruby, the helm, and the bag of sand before midnight on 1999, before the new millennium started, because whoever got it would be the winner. That was the plot. I remember them phoning me up. And I’m normally, I’m polite and nice if you’re on the phone. I try and find positive things to say to people who phone you up. And a guy in Jon Peters’ office phoned me up and he said, 'So Neil, have you had a chance to read the script we sent you?'

And I said, 'Well, yes. Yes, I did. I haven’t read all of it, but I’ve read enough.' He says, 'So, pretty good. Huh?' And I said, 'Well, no. It really isn’t.' He said, 'Oh, come on. There must have been stuff in there you loved.' I said, 'There was nothing in there I loved. There was nothing in there I liked. It was the worst script that I’ve ever read by anybody. It’s not just the worst Sandman script. That was the worst script I’ve ever been sent.' And then there was a pause. He says, 'Oh, come on. That thing where we made the Corinthian the Sandman’s brother, that was good. Huh?' And I said, 'No, that was really stupid.' And he said, 'Oh, well, OK. You can’t win them all.' And I said, 'No, you really can’t.' And I put down the phone and I thought, what do I do now?"

Gaiman ended up leaking the script to Ain't It Cool News in order to ensure that the film never saw the light of day.

Have you guys finished The Sandman yet? If so, what did you think?

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GhostDog
GhostDog - 8/27/2022, 1:12 PM
“Beyond, outside my Dreamworld there is infinite dust, hee hee, infinite dark. And the Dreamworld Ma-ma-se, ma-ma-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa, is infinite although it is bounded on every side.”
r1g0r
r1g0r - 8/27/2022, 1:15 PM
oh jesus marimba!

thank the gods THAT died on the vine.

sounds even worse than "samaritan", which we suffered through last night.
tmp3
tmp3 - 8/27/2022, 1:17 PM
Didn’t he wanna be professor x too lol
Origame
Origame - 8/27/2022, 1:43 PM
@tmp3 - he wanted to be basically everything. At the time he was trying to be professor x he also tried to be Spiderman.
TheSuperMex
TheSuperMex - 8/27/2022, 1:18 PM
@Waddles your clones have gone insane
LucasTurkeyNeck
LucasTurkeyNeck - 8/27/2022, 1:22 PM
Remember folks, Jon Peters was the guy that didn’t want Superman to fly, called Superman’s traditional suit “faggy” insisted that Superman fight a bear and thought Sean penn could play him because he had eyes like a killer and wanted to incorporate a giant spider in the film. We all thought Kevin Smith was having a laugh but if you’ve seen P.T. Andersons “Licorice Pizza and Bradley Coopers unhinged portrayal of Peters you might second guess if you thought Smith exaggerated

Buy on the topic of Sandman, what we got was by and large MILES better than that [frick]ing god awful script. It’s about as bad as Terry Gillian’s Watchmen script. The show wasn’t perfect but it was pretty damned faithful
JFerguson
JFerguson - 8/27/2022, 1:23 PM
So MJ wanted to be Spider-Man, professor x, and the sandman all in the 90s. Say what you will about him not being right for the roles, but that’s a damn good line-up of characters to want to play
Reeds2Much
Reeds2Much - 8/27/2022, 1:25 PM
@JFerguson - Don't forget Jar Jar Binks, Hook and Willy Wonka.
JFerguson
JFerguson - 8/27/2022, 1:28 PM
@Reeds2Much - ladies and gentleman, I welcome you to the MJCU, the Michael Jackson cinematic universe

noahthegrand
noahthegrand - 8/27/2022, 1:31 PM
Well
Superspecialawesomeguy
Superspecialawesomeguy - 8/27/2022, 1:36 PM
Didn't he play the Sandman already?🤨😁 (God I love that song btw).



We all joke but a 90's Sandman movie with Michael Jackson as the lead would've made BANK💰.

Also WTF is happening in this thread!?
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