Is there a film based on the comic book series Sandman, by Neil Gaiman?

It could be either a feature film or a short film.

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Not yet.

Wikipedia is your friend for this. To quote some choice segments:

Throughout the late 1990s, a movie adaptation of the comic was periodically planned by Warner Bros., parent company of DC Comics... The project carried on through several more writers and scripts. A later draft by William Farmer, reviewed at Ain't It Cool News, was met with scorn from fans. Gaiman [the creator] called the last screenplay that Warner Bros. would send him "not only the worst Sandman script I've ever seen, but quite easily the worst script I've ever read. By 2001, the project had become stranded in development hell."

Development hell refers to ideas or concepts that either spend an extraordinary length of time waiting for production to begin, or projects in work never begins. They aren't actually cancelled, but there is just little to no work being done on them.

This was the fate of Sandman up until 2007, when Gaiman stated:

I'd rather see no Sandman movie made than a bad Sandman movie. But I feel like the time for a Sandman movie is coming soon. We need someone who has the same obsession with the source material as Peter Jackson had with Lord of the Rings or Sam Raimi had with Spider-Man.

Finally, in 2013, it was announced that a film was on the way. In mid October of 2014, Gaiman then clarified that the film would be distributed by Vertigo.

So ultimately, no there is no Sandman movie, but in theory it should be on its way. In theory.

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is reported to be directing and starring. He did an AMA on Reddit and touched on it a bit. Dec 2, 2014 at 17:11
  • @MichaelItzoe: Nice link. It would be good to see. Don Juan was his first attempt and it was okay. Dec 2, 2014 at 17:13
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    @MichaelItzoe latest updates say he's dropped it. Sad :( Mar 23, 2017 at 18:07

Not a film but there is a web series on Netflix based on the comics.

The Sandman premiered on August 5, 2022. It received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise going towards the casting, production design, costumes, visual effects, and performances, most notably that of Sturridge and David Thewlis, while some criticized its pacing and story.

It's very recent for now so no announcement for future seasons but for now, it got a 11-episode series on Netflix.

Even though there is a series based on the sandman spinoff titled Lucifer but it's very loosely based on comics and concluded on September 10, 2021, with 6 seasons and 93 episodes.

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