Neil Gaiman pushed bad adaptations back by force


As The sand man is a runaway success on Netflix, Neil Gaiman did an exceptionally in-depth interview with Rolling Stone, where he describes the arduous and sometimes underhanded methods it took to get the adaptation made to his specifications. “I spent 30 years fighting against bad versions of Sand seller,” he said.

Gaiman describes an incident that occurred in 1996 when pulp Fiction co-screenwriter Roger Avary was to direct an adaptation. Avary apparently wanted to pursue a mixed production of animation and live action, where the dream would be animated in stop-motion, taking inspiration from Jan Švankmajer. Alice. “So he organized a screening of Švankmajer Alicee for Warner Movies Best Brass. And by the time he left the screening, he was fired from the project and his parking spot name had been painted over. They were like, ‘This is crazy. Get rid of him. It’s not common “. I think this could be considered accidental sabotage.

By far the most incredible sabotage Gaiman has witnessed, he was the architect of it. Legendary director Jon Peters produced an “infamous” script that Gaiman had access to in the late 90s, starring Dream, Lucifer and the Corinthian as triplets trying to find Dream’s tools before the turn of the millennium. Gaiman said he read “as much of the script as I could take”. When the producers asked him if he had the chance to review the script, he was, by his own admission, not as nice as he would like when giving feedback. Gaiman told him, “There was nothing in it that I liked. There was nothing in there that I liked. It was the worst scenario I have ever read. It’s not just the worst Sand seller script. This is the worst scenario anyone has ever sent me.

In an attempt to prevent Peters’ script from coming to fruition, Gaiman turned to one of the most infamous and popular genre blogs of the time – Ain’t It Cool News. “I thought, I wonder what Ain’t It Cool News is going to think about the script they’re going to receive anonymously. And they wrote a fabulous article about it being the worst case scenario anyone ever sent them. And suddenly, the prospect of this film happening was remote. And instead, Jon Peters turned his attention to wild west wild.” Bullet, dodged.

Read the full interview with Gaiman on Rolling Stone; The sand man is now streaming on Netflix.

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