The Neil Deal

Neil Gaiman talks Sand­man: Over­ture, and up­dates us on his fu­ture projects

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

Neil Gaiman talks Amer­i­can Gods and For­tu­nately, The Milk.

neil gaiman isn’t one to worry about what to do for an encore — or with an Over­ture. The scribe’s Sand­man: Over­ture is col­lected in DC’s new The Sand­man: Over­ture Deluxe Edi­tion. Gaiman tells Red Alert he’s ex­cited to see JH Wil­liams’ art get the Deluxe treat­ment.

“I had this gi­ant cos­mic epic in my head, and I knew that I needed some­body who could draw gi­ant cos­mic epics. So JH was ba­si­cally our one choice. And bless him, he said yes.”

Though Gaiman has no im­me­di­ate plans for a fol­low-up, he says it has sparked ideas for other tales in the uni­verse.

“There’s so much story – ques­tions I haven’t an­swered, things I know but I haven’t said, things I don’t quite know but would love to dis­cover…”

In the mean­time, Gaiman is await­ing Bryan Fuller’s TV adap­ta­tion of his Amer­i­can Gods, due in Jan­uary 2017.

“A lot of what they’re do­ing that I really like right now is they’re open­ing it up… There are char­ac­ters who may have only had half a page in the book, or a couple of pages, who are gonna be ma­jor play­ers; and there are char­ac­ters who were im­por­tant but off stage a lot in the book who are gonna be on stage, or at least on the screen. Be­cause one of the things about the book is you are very much stuck in­side Shadow’s head look­ing out through Shadow’s eyes. But the great thing about a TV se­ries is there’s no par­tic­u­lar rea­son why you need to be stuck in Shadow’s head look­ing out through Shadow’s eyes.”

Gaiman adds he’ll prob­a­bly write one of the show’s sec­ond sea­son scripts. “Only be­cause there’s a TV se­ries that I’m cur­rently writ­ing. I should be wrap­ping up episode six right now, and I’m just about half­way though episode four. So my own TV se­ries is sort of in front of ev­ery­thing.”

On the film front, Edgar Wright and Johnny Depp are on board to direct and star in an adap­ta­tion of Gaiman’s For­tu­nately, The Milk — with an­i­ma­tion by The Lego Movie’s An­i­mal Logic, to whom Gaiman rec­om­mended Wright.

“The next thing I knew Edgar and I were hav­ing a meet­ing in Johnny Depp’s mys­te­ri­ous of­fices in Hol­ly­wood, talk­ing about who we’d like to write it. The first per­son we wanted was [Flight Of The Con­chords’] Bret [McKen­zie], and he said yes. So the process so far has just been one where we go out to peo­ple and they say yes.”

Sand­man: Over­ture is out now.

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