Neil Gaiman narrates the teaser for The Sandman audio drama coming this summer season from Audible and DC Comics.

Last summer season, we reported {that a} TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s seminal graphic novel sequence, The Sandman, was in improvement at Netflix. Now comes information that we’ll be getting a multi-part audio drama adaptation of the sequence within the interim, by way of Audible Original. Audio variations of beloved properties was once a uncommon prevalence—NPR’s 1981 radio drama of the unique Star Wars trilogy springs to thoughts. But in an period the place we’re all plugging into podcasts frequently, such variations make a brand new type of sense.

The audio drama is being directed by Dirk Maggs, who additionally directed the audio drama variations of Good Omens—which Gaiman co-authored with the late Terry Pratchett, and Amazon tailored right into a miniseries final yr—and Gaiman’s novel, Anansi Boys. The creator himself will narrate, in addition to serving as artistic director and government producer. No voice forged has been introduced but, however given Gaiman’s bona fides, count on to see (erm, hear) numerous large names within the combine. Here’s Gaiman’s official assertion (by way of Nerdist) in regards to the mission:

“Almost 30 years in the past, Dirk Maggs approached DC about adapting The Sandman into audio kind. It didn’t occur (though it was how Dirk and I first crossed paths) and I’m glad it didn’t occur, as a result of we’re in a Golden Age of audio drama proper now, and Dirk and I are a lot better at what we’re doing.

This is a wealthy audio adaptation of The Sandman graphic novels, brilliantly crafted by Dirk Maggs, with an all-star forged. I’ve liked being there to speak casting, there to learn the scripts and supply occasional recommendation, and there within the studios, watching magic get made and recording the narration. I can’t wait till the world hears what we’ve completed.”

For the uninitiated, the titular “sandman” is Dream, additionally referred to as Morpheus, amongst different names. He is one in every of seven entities referred to as the Endless, and he’s in search of to set proper his previous errors. The different Endless are Destiny, Destruction, Despair, Desire, Delirium, and Death, portrayed as a perky punk/goth younger girl—they turned virtually as fashionable as Dream himself and have been featured in a number of spinoff comics. 

The audio drama will cowl the primary of the sequence’ ten volumes, Preludes and Nocturnes, during which Morpheus, the King of Dreams, escapes from a 70-year imprisonment by an occultist (who truly needed to seize Dream’s sibling, Death, however trapped the Sandman by mistake). From there, per the official synopsis, “Morpheus goes on a quest to reclaim his lost objects of power and rebuild his realm.”

That ought to tide Lord Morpheus acolytes over till the Netflix sequence lastly sees the sunshine of day. Of course, there are nonetheless those that keep The Sandman is basically unfilmable, even given right now’s cutting-edge know-how. An earlier movie adaptation was so unhealthy that Gaiman deemed it “not solely the worst Sandman script I’ve ever learn, however fairly simply the worst script I’ve ever learn.” But the Netflix mission sounds extra promising, since Gaiman will function an government producer for the sequence, together with David Goyer, whose filmography is nothing to sneeze at.

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