Exclusive: Neil Gaiman's iconic DC Comics series The Sandman gets first audio version with Audible

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Neil Gaiman once said his iconic DC Comics graphic novels The Sandman were simply "too big" to become a movie, but they are perfect for a new multi-part Audible audio drama series.

Digital Spy can exclusively reveal that Gaiman will serve as creative director, executive producer and narrator of the first-ever audio adaptation of The Sandman series, which will feature a multicast drama format and both a script and direction from Dirk Maggs.

Maggs previously collaborated with Gaiman on the audio versions of Neverwhere, Good Omens, Anansi Boys and Stardust, and also adapted The X-Files and Alien: River of Pain.

Gaiman's 1989 graphic novels follow the escape of Death's brother Morpheus into the physical world following imprisonment for 70 years, and his quest to recapture his power by retrieving his stolen artefacts.

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Gaiman announced on Wednesday (March 4): "Almost 30 years ago, Dirk Maggs approached DC about adapting The Sandman into audio form. It didn't happen (although it was how Dirk and I first crossed paths) and 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. I've loved being there to talk casting, there to read the scripts and offer occasional advice, and there in the studios, watching magic get made and recording the narration.

"I can't wait until the world hears what we've done."

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Audible's multicast version of The Sandman will also boast a score from the esteemed composer James Hannigan, whose CV includes Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and a BAFTA Award for Sim Theme Park World.

The full cast of the first instalment of The Sandman series will be announced as the release nears on Audible this summer, and subsequently available in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

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