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''The Sandman'' is owned by DC Comics, and Warner Brothers is said to be in negotiations to acquire the television rights. It is not the first time ''Sandman'' has been in development with previously mooted versions including a Roger Avery movie in the mid-90s and more recently an HBO series.
On 30 November 2010, an article in [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/live-feed/comic-icon-sandman-tv-series-54387 The Hollywood Reporter] revealed that [[Eric Kripke]] was rumored to be the writer-producer associated with a project by Warner Brothers to adapt [[Neil Gaiman]]’s ''Sandman'' graphic comics for television. At [[Comic Con 2010]], Kripke had teased about the projects he was working on since he had stepped down as showrunner for ''Supernatural''. He mentioned having a “big” TV project and a movie in the works. The influence of Gaiman’s work is obvious in Supernatural, and at [[Comic Con 2007]],
[[http://tvoftheabsurd.com/2007/07/25/eric-kripke-satans-head-writer/ Kripke acknowledged this:] “I was hoping I would meet [Neil Gaiman] because he’s a huge influence on Supernatural, between American Gods and Sandman.”
At [[Paleyfest]] on 14 March 2011, Kripke reported that the TV series based on ''Sandman'' -- "my all-time favorite comic" -- would not appear this season although he said he was hopeful the project would still go ahead. [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/eric-kripke-sandman-tv-series-167337 Watch video of Eric talking about the project.]
See the [[Neil Gaiman]] page for references to his work in Supernatural.
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