The classic DC Comics series The Sandman is coming to earbuds soon thanks to a new partnership between DC and the streaming service Audible, who are teaming up to launch the new multi-part audio drama later this year.
The original run of the comic book series ran for 75 issues from 1989-1996, which means that it has been 30 years since comic book readers first entered the Dreaming. The audio series will feature a full cast bringing the series characters such as Morpheus, Death, Lucien, and others to life.
The new Audible production has co-creator Gaiman serving as creative director, executive producer, and series narrator. Dirk Maggs, who has previously worked on other audio adaptations of Gaiman’s works such as Neverwhere, Stardust, Good Omens, and Anansi Boys, is also on board as executive producer, director, and scriptwriter. The series will also feature an original score by BAFTA-nominated composer James Hannigan.
In a statement about the project from The Hollywood Reporter, Gaiman said:
“Almost 30 years ago, Dirk Maggs approached DC about adapting The Sandman info audio form. I’m glad it didn’t happen, because we are in a Golden Age of audio drama right now, and Dirk and I are much better at what we are doing. This is a rich audio adaptation of the Sandman graphic novels, brilliantly crafted by Dirk Maggs, with an all-star cast.”
Audible Originals editor-in-chief Dave Blum added:
“Audible prides itself on creating and producing immersive and entertaining storytelling, and the exclusive audio production of Neil Gaiman’s legendary comic book series marks a thrilling addition to our original content offerings. We’re excited to join Neil and DC in bringing this extraordinary and beloved universe to Audible’s millions of listeners worldwide, for the very first time.”
The series will be available to download this summer in English, with French, German, Italian, and Spanish editions following in subsequent months.
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