Hailed by the Los Angeles Times Magazine as “the greatest epic in the history of comic books”, Vertigo‘s The Sandman changed the game with its dark, literary world of fantasy and horror – creating a global, cultural phenomenon in the process. Now, Audible and DC are releasing the first-ever audio production of the New York Times best-selling series written by acclaimed storyteller Neil Gaiman (who also serves as co-executive producer).
Adapted and directed by multi-award-winner (and frequent Gaiman collaborator) Dirk Maggs, and performed by an ensemble cast with James McAvoy (It, Parts one and two, X-Men: First Class, Split) in the title role, this first instalment of a multi-part original audio series – to be released on 15th July 2020 – will transport you to a world that re-writes the rules of audio entertainment the way that The Sandman originally re-defined the graphic novel.
When The Sandman, also known as Lord Morpheus – the immortal king of dreams, stories and the imagination – is pulled from his realm and imprisoned on Earth by a nefarious cult, he languishes for decades before finally escaping. Once free, he must retrieve the three “tools” that will restore his power and help him to rebuild his dominion, which has deteriorated in his absence.
As the multi-threaded story unspools, The Sandman descends into Hell to confront Lucifer (Michael Sheen), chases rogue nightmares who have escaped his realm, and crosses paths with an array of characters from DC comic books, ancient myths, and real-world history, including: Inmates of Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum, Doctor Destiny, the muse Calliope, the three Fates, William Shakespeare (played by Doctor Who actor Arthur Darvill), and many more.
A powerhouse supporting cast helps translate this masterwork into a sonic experience worthy of its legacy that also includes Riz Ahmed, Kat Dennings, Taron Egerton, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth and more.
Setting the stage for their performance is a cinematic soundscape featuring an original musical score by British Academy Award winner James Hannigan.
Fans will especially revel in a new twist for the audio adaptation: Neil Gaiman himself serves as the narrator. Follow him as he leads listeners along a winding path of myths, imagination and, often, terror. Even in your wildest dreams, say Audible, you’ve never heard anything like this…
A box set of the Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman is on its way from DC Comics in September.
Weaving together ancient mythology, folklore, and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision, Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death. The Sandman universe is a master-creation following Dream, also known as Morpheus, lord of the Dreaming – a vast, hallucinatory landscape that houses all the dreams of any and everyone who has ever existed. Gods, demons, mortals, and everything in between. All dreamers visit the Dreaming and have an opportunity to teach Morpheus some surprising lessons.
After being captive for 70 years, Morpheus will have to go on a journey to reclaim his objects of power and bring order to the Dreaming…
• Sandman by Neil Gaiman – books on AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)