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Sandman Series Coming To Netflix

Netflix announces it has ordered The Sandman series which is based on Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking comic book series. Sandman was actually in development for a feature film, but we see WB chose to partner with Netflix for a TV series, with it said it will be the most expensive DC series to date. “We’re thrilled …

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Amazon “Good Omens” Trailer From Neil Gaiman

Amazon Studios today released the first teaser trailer for the highly-anticipated series adaptation of Good Omens at a panel discussion at New York Comic-Con, alongside poster art and never seen before images. The panel, moderated by Whoopi Goldberg, featured creator and showrunner Neil Gaiman, director Douglas Mackinnon, and stars David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm and Miranda Richardson talking about the experience of bringing the …

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Neil Gaiman Launches New Sandman Line Of Comics

Neil Gaiman Reveals Sandman Line

DC Comics announces the Neil Gaiman Sandman Universe, which includes new titles for The Dreaming, House of Whispers, Lucifer and Books of Magic. Check out the teaser, art and full details below. VERTIGO REUNITES WITH LEGENDARY AUTHOR NEIL GAIMAN TO CURATE ‘THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE’   BURBANK, CA (March 1, 2018) – DC Entertainment announces the creation of The …

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Watch: American Gods Comic-Con Trailer

Watch the Comic-Con trailer below for Neil Gaiman and Starz’s American Gods.

The series hits in 2017.

Synopsis:

When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand. It’s a world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America, and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality, and his place in it.

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American Gods Adds X-Files’ Gillian Anderson

THE NEW GODS ACQUIRE A SPOKESPERSON STARZ AND FREMANTLEMEDIA’S “AMERICAN GODS” ADDS GILLIAN ANDERSON

Bryan Fuller and Michael Green Serve as Showrunners

 

Starz and FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) announced today that Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”) will play Media in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods.

Anderson plays Media, the mouthpiece for the New Gods, functioning as their public face and sales representative, by taking the form of various iconic celebrities. She lives off the attention and worship that people give to screens-to their laptops, their TVs, to their iPhones in their hands while they watch their TVs. Ever the perky spokesperson, and always in control, she spins stories in whatever direction best suits her.

An Emmy®, Golden Globe®and SAG® Award-winning actress, Gillian Anderson has long delighted audiences and critics alike with her versatile skills and classic beauty. Comfortable with any genre, from science fiction to period drama, Anderson will soon star in several prestigious projects on both stage and screen.

Anderson reprised her role as “Dana Scully” in the Fox cult-classic “The X-Files,” which premiered January, 2016. Anderson earned two Screen Actors Guild Awards, one Emmy® Award and one Golden Globe® Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, and numerous nominations for her portrayal of Scully. She also recently appeared in the television mini-series “War and Peace” which aired this past January.

Anderson is currently in production on the third and final season of the critically acclaimed series “The Fall,” which will premiere this year.

Anderson reprised her role as “Blanche DuBois” in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York with the original cast from the London production. Anderson “[gave] the performance of her career,” as Blanche DuBois, according to The Telegraph.

Anderson is currently in production on the third and final season of the critically acclaimed series “The Fall,” which will premiere this year.

“A Dream of Ice,” the second novel in Anderson’s science fiction saga, was published by Simon & Schuster in December 2015. The first novel in the saga, “A Vision of Fire,” was released in October 2014. Anderson co-writes the thriller series with New York Times bestselling author Jeff Rovin. Her next novel, co-written with journalist and activist Jennifer Nadel, entitled “We – A Manifesto for Modern Women,” will be released by HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster on March 8, 2017.

Additional television credits include “Hannibal,” the 2011 miniseries “The Crimson Petal and the White,” as well as the TV adaptation of William Boyd’s novel, “Any Human Heart,” which earned her a BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as “The Duchess of Windsor.”

In film, Anderson was most recently seen in the human trafficking-themed movie “Sold,” executive-produced by Emma Thompson and directed by Jeffrey D. Brown. Previous film credits include the Richie Metha-directed science-fiction mystery I’ll Follow You Down, Sandra Nettelbeck’s romance Last Love, the James Marsh-directed thriller Shadow Dancer, L’Enfant d’en Haut (Sister), the second film directed and written by Ursula Meier and the 2011 British action comedy hit Johnny English Reborn. In 1998, Anderson played “Dana Scully” in the feature film The X Files: Fight The Future. She reprised the role in 2008’s The X-Files: I Want to Believe.

Anderson has also provided voices for two Hayao Miyazaki films, Princess Mononoke and From Up on Poppy Hill.

In 2009, Gillian portrayed “Nora” in Zinnie Harris’ adaptation of “A Doll’s House” at London’s Donmar Warehouse, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress. She also was featured in the Royal Court’s Ian Rickson-directed production of Rebecca Gillman’s play “The Sweetest Swing In Baseball” in 2005 and she made her London stage debut in Michael Weller’s “What the Night Is For” in 2002.

After receiving her B.F.A. from the prestigious Goodman Theater School at Chicago’s DePaul University, she performed in the Manhattan Theater Club production of Alan Ayckborne’s “Absent Friends,” for which she won a Theatre World Award in 1991. In addition, she appeared in Christopher Hampton’s “The Philanthropist” at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT.

Over the last 15 years, Anderson has been strongly involved in many charity organizations: as a board member of Artists For A New South Africa, a spokesperson for Neurofibromatosis Inc., a founding member of South African Youth Education for Sustainability (SA-YES), an ambassador for Survival International and a patron of the Alinyiikira Junior School in Uganda, among many others. She remains outspoken about child and human trafficking and the impact of commercial fishing on deep sea life.

Anderson is represented by Michael Katcher of CAA.

American Gods has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

“American Gods” is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”) are writers and showrunners. David Slade (“Hannibal,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman. Senior Vice Presidents of Original Programming Marta Fernandez and Ken Segna are the Starz executives in charge of “American Gods.” Starz retains all network pay TV and SVOD rights to the project. FremantleMedia is distributing the series worldwide.

Fans can tweet @AmericanGodsSTZ, @STARZ_Channel and @FMNATV and join the conversation with #AmericanGods.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Exits Sandman

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What may have seen Joseph Gordon-Levitt potentially star and direct in, now the actor has left the Sandman movie altogether.

Following the news that New Line Cinema had enlisted a new screenwriter for Sandman (Final Destination 5 and The Conjuring 2 screenwriter Eric Heisserer), Joseph Gordon-Levitt posted an update on his Facebook page offering that he has left the project.

JGL cites the reason for his departure being that Sandman changed hands from Warner Bros. to their subsidiary, New Line Cinema, and that JGL and New Line aren’t seeing eye-to-eye. JGL also seems to indicate Sandman got pretty far at Warner Bros. as he mentions working with David Goyer, DC Entertainment chief creative officer and producer Geoff Johns and Neil Gaiman.

Dwayne Johnson’s Shazam movie is also at New Line Cinema, with The Rock playing Black Adam. Johnson previously indicated it would be independent of what Zack Snyder was doing with the Justice League universe, but it’s speculated to still be somehow connected.

Here is what Joseph Gordon-Levitt posted about Sandman:

RE: SANDMAN

So, as you might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, a while back, David Goyer and I made a producing deal with Warner Brothers to develop a movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN. Neil himself came on as an executive producer, we hired the excellent screenwriter, Jack Thorne, and we started in on the ambitious task of adapting one of the most beloved and boundary-pushing titles in the world of comics. I was pleased with the progress we were making, even though we still had quite a ways to go.

Recently, as you also might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, the sorta “ownership” (for lack of a better term) of the Sandman material changed hands when Warner Brothers shifted the entire catalogue of Vertigo comics (an imprint of DC) to their subsidiary, New Line. And a few months ago, I came to realize that the folks at New Line and I just don’t see eye to eye on what makes Sandman special, and what a film adaptation could/should be. So unfortunately, I decided to remove myself from the project. I wish nothing but the best for the team moving forward.

I’d like to thank all the great people I’ve had the opportunity to work with on this one. I’ve had a blast with and learned a ton from David and Jack. Niija Kuykendall, Greg Silverman, and everyone at Warner Brothers have been fantastic, as have Geoff Johns and everyone at DC. And it’s been a particular privilege as well as a rocking good time getting to know Mr. Gaiman, whose generous insights and masterful work have certainly convinced me that the Lord of Dreams and the Prince of Stories are one and the same Endless pattern.

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Ian McShane Cast In Starz & Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

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IAN MCSHANE CAST AS MR. WEDNESDAY IN STARZ AND FREMANTLEMEDIA’S “AMERICAN GODS”

The Golden Globe-winning Actor Will Play Mr. Wednesday in the Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Blockbuster Fantasy Novel

Bryan Fuller and Michael Green Serve as Showrunners

 

Starz and FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) announced today that Ian McShane (“Deadwood,” “Ray Donovan”) has been cast as Mr. Wednesday in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April.

Neil Gaiman said, “When you write a beloved character (beloved with, or despite, or because of all his faults) like Mr. Wednesday, you get to watch the internet trying to cast the role. I’ve seen a hundred names suggested, but few make me grin like Ian McShane does. I’ve already been lucky enough to have him in one film (he was bright blue in it, animated, and probably Polish). Now I count myself even luckier: he’s made the journey from ‘Lovejoy’ to ‘American Gods.’ Yesterday was Super Tuesday. Today is Wonderful Wednesday.”

Commented Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, “Actor. Icon. And now god. It is a goddamn delight to be collaborating with the incomparable Ian McShane — again and for the first time — on a story about faith and belief, with the utmost faith and belief in Mr. McShane as our Mr. Wednesday. A wonderful Wednesday indeed.”

Playing Mr. Wednesday, McShane joins Ricky Whittle, who was recently announced to play Shadow Moon in “American Gods.” Mr. Wednesday is a crafty and endlessly charismatic con man, full of perverse wisdom, curious magic, and grand plans. He hires ex-con Shadow Moon to be his bodyguard as he journeys across America, using his charms to recruit others like him as he prepares for the ultimate battle for power.

Acclaimed British actor McShane catapulted to American TV stardom by playing the ruthless frontier kingpin Al Swearengen on “Deadwood,” for which he was nominated for both Emmy and SAG Awards and won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Drama and the Television Critics Award for Individual Performance. He also starred in Starz’ “The Pillars of the Earth,” for which he received a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actor in a Mini Series. Across film, he is best known for his portrayal as ‘Blackbeard” in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and as “Teddy Bass” Sexy Beast. Other television appearances have included “Ray Donovan,” “American Horror Story,” ““The West Wing” and “Lovejoy.” This year he will appear in “Game of Thrones” and “Dr. Thorne” and can be seen in the upcoming films John Wick: Chapter 2, The Hollow Point and Bolden. McShane is also an accomplished and award-winning stage actor appearing in productions on Broadway, in the West End and Los Angeles throughout his career.

American Gods been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.

“American Gods” is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”) are writers and showrunners. David Slade (“Hannibal,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman. Senior Vice Presidents of Original Programming Marta Fernandez and Ken Segna are the Starz executives in charge of “American Gods.” Starz retains all network pay TV and SVOD rights to the project. FremantleMedia is distributing the series worldwide.

Ian McShane is represented by ICM Partners, Gallant Management, Independent Talent Group and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

Fans can tweet @AmericanGodsSTZ, @STARZ_Channel and @FMNATV and join the conversation with #AmericanGods.

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Starz Adapting Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

Starz has given a greenlight to FremantleMedia North America’s (FMNA) adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel American Gods. Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Heroes) and Michael Green (The River, Kings, Heroes), will pen and showrun the series.  Gaiman will also executive produce the series. FremantleMedia North America will produce. Start of production is dependent on casting the …

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Neil Gaiman Comments On One Million Moms Boycott Of Lucifer TV Series

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WB, DC and Fox are launching the new Lucifer TV series next year.

Now with the recent release of the trailer and synopsis, a controversy has ensued.

As the show is about Lucifer potentially being a good guy, “One Million Moms” have stepped in to start a petition to get Fox to cancel the show.

The petition presently has just over 11,000 signatures.

Now the petition has caught the eye of Neil Gaiman, who is known for writing Sandman where the Lucifer character debuted. Gaiman offers “One Million Moms” had similar issues with Sandman, but obviously that didn’t work out.

Ah. It seems like only yesterday (but it was 1991) that the “Concerned Mothers of America” announced that they were boycotting SANDMAN because it contained Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans characters. It was Wanda that upset them most: the idea of a Trans Woman in a comic book… They told us they were organising a boycott of SANDMAN, which they would only stop if we wrote to the American Family Association and promised to reform.

I wonder if they noticed it didn’t work last time, either…

Regarding Lucifer, from the synopsis below, it seems as if the Lord of Hell may be seeking redemption. It’s assumed “One Million Moms” must not believe in forgiveness?

Lucifer premiers on Fox in 2016.

Synopsis:

The Devil has come to Los Angeles…

Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, LUCIFER is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR (Tom Ellis, “Merlin”) has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub.

Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer is enjoying his retirement, indulging in a few of his favorite things – wine, women and song – when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him as a result of this murder. Compassion? Sympathy? The very thought disturbs him – as well as his best friend and confidante, MAZIKEEN aka MAZE (Lesley-Ann Brandt, “The Librarians”), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman.

The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective CHLOE DANCER (Lauren German, “Chicago Fire”), who initially is dismissive of Lucifer. But she becomes intrigued by his talent for drawing out people’s secrets and his desire to dispense justice, doling out punishment to those who deserve it. As they work together to solve the pop star’s murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Accustomed to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, Lucifer is intrigued by Chloe’s apparent purity and begins to wonder if there’s hope for his own soul yet.

At the same time, God’s emissary, the angel AMENADIEL (DB Woodside, “Suits,” “24”), has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to the underworld…can the Devil incarnate be tempted toward the side of Good, or will his original calling pull him back toward Evil? 

Lucifer Trailer:

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WB To Announce Vertigo Slate Of DC Films Including Sandman

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Absent from the recently announced list of DC Comics superhero movies was mention of the Sandman movie, which has Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David Goyer attached to the project.

The reason why seems pretty obvious as the ten that were announced were all related to the Justice League in some way.

A fan, however, was wondering why there was no mention of Sandman and asked creator Neil Gaiman on Tumbler about it.

Gaiman offers that Sandman is a part of the Vertigo slate of movies (which we can also guess would include the Guillermo del Toro Justice League Dark film).

Despite talk last month about the script being worked on, Sandman wasn’t mentioned by name in today’s WB news release of scheduled DC Comics films. There are previously mentioned release dates without film titles attached, so it’s not clear if the status of the project has been altered or if the team at WB decided to focus their news on the easier to group together capes & tights titles due out. Has their been a change in the production timeline? Is Sandman going to be marketed differently?

NG: It’s not a DC Comics film. It’s a Vertigo film. That’s a different slate of films, and a different announcement.

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David Goyer Pitching Neil Gaiman Sandman Movie With Joseph Gordon-Levitt Attached?

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David S. Goyer, the man behind the Batman films, the Man of Steel and the upcoming Constantine TV series (might as well throw in the Justice League) apparently pitched Warner Bros. a Sandman movie based on the Neil Gaiman classic comic book series.

Bad Ass Digest has it from a source that Goyer pitched Sandman with it also said Joseph Gordon-Levitt is involved. It’s unknown exactly how Gordon-Levitt is involved, but the site speculates it’s for a lead role (Morpheus?).

It’s further said that Geoff Johns is on board and that the Sandman discussions are in early talks, so whether this evolves to anything more remains to be seen.

David Goyer also wrote the script for Batman Vs. Superman.

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Review: The Sandman: Overture #1

I was one of the unfortunate ones who was unable to be privy to the first 75-issue run of Vertigo’s The Sandman, but after all the hoopla at Marvel about the arrival of writer Neil Gaiman on Guardians of the Galaxy (which turned out to be a bust), I just had to look at this week’s The Sandman: Overture #1 to see what this dude is about.

I am in love.

With a double gatefold spread and beauteous verbage and art by J.H. Williams III, this book is both a sonnet to the character it features and an invitation to the reader to either make a new flame or rekindle and old one.

It has been awhile, with all the pseudo renumberings, etc., that a #1 has had this much of an effect on me as a reader, but the saga told here by Gaiman (an incredible writer whom I am sorry we did not see handle Marvel’s rag tag Quill team) is a valid one, one that not only requires thought by the reader (something in small quantity in comic books today) but a second and third re-read, once for the story (again) and once to behold Williams’ art in all its glory.

There is a lot of introduction (or re-introduction) here with characters like Destiny, the Corinthian and my favorite, Merv Pumpkinhead, but that is okay. These characters already have a depth some of those I have been reading off and on for years are sorely lacking.

This is not an annual, despite its somewhat voluminous price tag. As a reader who does not have five bucks to plunk down just anytime on any book, I am happy I took this chance on The Sandman: Overture #1. The cover alone … well, my colleague Doc will tell you more about that in his Cover Shoot column, elsewhere on CBN.

I think I understand Angela better now. Hey Bendis, move over.