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‘The Sandman’ for Netflix, the story of a project that seemed impossible

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Neil Gaiman’s reputation has long been well established. The Hampshire author has earned a place of worship in the world of comics and literature. One of its key titles is, of course: The Sandman , a series of comics published by Vertigo between 1989 and 1996.

The Sandman is made up of 75 issues, although special issues and additional volumes have been published in times subsequent to its regular publication. The truth is that it is a work that since then has cultivated a large audience and has wanted to bring it to the screen countless times. However, it seems that this will finally be a reality, since Gaiman is working on the series adaptation for Netflix.

In June 2019 it was announced that The Sandman would be adapted as a series and that it would be done by the hand of Neil Gaiman himself. Additionally, it was announced that Allan Heingerg ( Wonder Woman and Grey’s Anatomy ) would be the showrunner , while Gaiman would be a writer and executive producer.

The day Gaiman asked not to adapt ‘The Sandman’

As we said above, the attempt to adapt Gaiman’s mythical comics has always been present since this fantastic story mixed with classic mythology and horror was published. But on one occasion it was the author himself who asked not to make an adaptation of his work .

In 1990, Neilg Gaiman is said to have gone to Warner Bros. , the studio that owns the work, and asked not to adapt The Sandman . According to the anecdote , the author asked Lisa Henson, executive of the studies. At Gaiman’s surprising request, she replied: “No one had ever come to my office to ask for something like that.” And it is that by then the publication had only just begun, so for Gaiman it was important to work on her story without the pressure of an adaptation of it. However, things have changed and the adaptation for Netflix is ​​already underway. Of course, getting here involved a long way.

An “impossible” adaptation

If since 1990 attempts to make adaptations of The Sandman were already a reality, over time things were no different, especially since the title became an obligatory reference in the world of literature. Neil Gaiman explained that, on several occasions, he saw proposals for scripts to adapt said work, however, he found a problem: the budget. And it is that, as the author himself recalls, it is a title that would be classified for adults (R-rated) and nobody would be willing to finance a film with 100 million dollars with that classification. The accounts simply did not come out, at least not in decades prior to the current one.

A further attempt to adapt The Sandman , but which was eventually canceled, was attended by Joseph Gordon Levitt and Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Heisserer. The famous “creative differences” caused both to abandon the project. But in 2019, thirty years after the appearance of the Gaiman comic, this ambitious project finally began to materialize .

Of course, The Sandman will not only be a series for Netflix, it was also adapted as an audiobook for Audible . It will have a spectacular cast: Taron Egerton, James McAvoy, Michael Sheen, Samantha Morton and Gaiman himself as the narrator. This will be published on July 15, 2020.

Production stops (momentarily)

For the series that Netflix prepares we will have to wait a little longer. Gaiman recently stated that the series is going well, that the first season will have 11 episodes and will be based on the Preludes and Nocturnal arc . Only that adaptation was affected by sanitary measures due to the pandemic. The author stated in this regard :

It’s going great, except it’s hibernating right now until people start making television again. The scripts for the first season are written, the casting has started, the directors have been hired, the sets are being built. Everything was ready to go into production, and then we paused. As soon as the world is ready to make a television drama, ‘Sandman’ will move to re-occur. In the meantime, we are taking the opportunity to make the scripts as good as we can.

Neil Gaiman’s big hit on television

Finally, we must not forget that other titles by the British author have had wonderful adaptations for television. One of them is made by Starz: American Gods and Amazon Studios : Good Omens , starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant. There is no release date for The Sandman , nor news of the signing that Gaiman claims has already been made. Either way we will be attentive. Meanwhile, we can enjoy the audiobook. Here the trailer:

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Arshi Khan on Her Web Series Mary Aur Marlow: “It Will Have Bold Content but Still Is a Fun, Comic Show”

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Actress Arshi Khan is out exploring her comic side in the OTT space and she is aware her new show comes with loads of double meaning. Bigg Boss 11’s Arshi Khan Feels Controversies Exits Because Audience Likes Watching Contestants Fight.

Arshi is seen trying her hand at comedy in the web series Mary Aur Marlow. She stars opposite Akshay Mishra in the series that revolves around Mary and Marlow, where Mary (Arshi) ends up becoming a sexpert for grassroots level people who cannot afford to go to the doctor or specialist.

Since Mary’s Hindi is not up to the mark, Akshay, who plays Marlow, helps her communicate with the people she sets out to help. However, when he tries using ‘shudh’ Hindi, it leads to unintentional double meaning language.

From the trailer and title, it is not surprisingly evident that the show has a lot of double-meaning dialogues. Former Bigg Boss 11 Contestant Arshi Khan to Enter Savitri Devi College And Hospital as a GHOST.

“It’s a double-meaning show but I think Mary Aur Marlow is also a fun title. After hearing the title, people think it will have bold content but when they watch it, they will realise it’s a fun show, which has a lot of comic scenes,” Arshi told IANS in a telephonic interview.

Reacting to the government’s decision, to put all digital media portals, including online news and Over-the-Top (OTT) platforms under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting regulation, Arshi said: “The government should definitely regulate digital platforms because nowadays there are a lot of web series that are showing vulgar content and people of any age group can access the internet. So, the government surely needs to keep an eye on them.”

Arshi feels she has good comic timing. “I never find it difficult to do comedy on screen because I feel my comic timing is really good, so I like to act in shows which have comic content,” Arshi said.

“I had a really nice experience shooting for this series and I had a lot of fun working with (director) Anirudh (Kumar) while we were shooting for it. We have released just one episode of the show and I hope the audience will have a lot more fun watching the next episodes,” she added about the show, currently streaming on Big Movie Zoo App.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 30, 2020 06:36 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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Richa Chadha’s Shakeela To Release In Theatres On Christmas 2020 And The New Poster Looks Fab (See Pic)

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Richa Chadha’s Shakeela is set for a theatrical release this December. The movie, like many other films across the globe, was delayed due to the pandemic. But it is one of the few Indian titles opening in cinemas, as theatres resume operations this year. Let us see if the Richa Chadha starred biopic is able to reignite the box office or not. The movie is based on the life of Shakeela, an adult film actress of the 1990s who was a rage in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada cinema. Richa Chadha’s Stunning ‘Shakeela’ Calendar Will SHOCK You With its Cheeky Titles – Pick Your Fav!

On the new poster of Shakeela, to mark the announcement about the theatrical release, Richa is seen holding a gun, wearing a red saree. In the background, there is another poster for a film called, “Kacchi Jawani”. All the promotional material that has released around Shakeela has been fab. Shakeela New Poster: Let Richa Chadha Take You Back to the ’90s Glamour – View Pic.

Check Out The Poster For Shakeela Here:

Shakeela sounds like a great project. It looks vibrant and colourful so far. This will be one of the films that will ride on Richa’s shoulders as a heroine, which we hate to say, but is still a rare feat in Bollywood.

The movie wrapped up its shooting in Jan 2019. “I’m looking forward now that the film has wrapped up for the release next year. We have kept the story to the most authentic version of her real life. Shakeela herself has been pivotal to making this film happen and helping us an in-depth knowledge into her life which has helped us tell the story in its most authentic version possible,” Richa had said in a statement back then. Well finally the movie is releasing. Can’t wait to watch.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 30, 2020 06:25 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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Jo Hukum Mere Aaka: Samikssha Batnagar to Essay the Role of Krushna Abhishek’s Wife in the Comedy Series

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Jo Hukum Mere Aaka: Samikssha Batnagar to Essay the Role of Krushna Abhishek’s Wife in the Comedy Series




Actress Samikssha Batnagar, who was seen in the 2017 comedy Poster Boys, is all set to return in the web series, Jo Hukum Mere Aaka. The show also stars actor-comedian Krushna Abhishek. The Kapil Sharma Show: Krushna Abhishek Opens Up On His Absence From Govinda, Sunita and Narmada’s Episode of The Show.

Samikssha has started shooting for the project, which she describes as a “hilarious, rib-tickling comedy”.

“Shoot has already started. It’s absolutely mind-blowing and hilarious. We have got a great team on board and we are all raring to go,” she said.

The series reunites Samikssha with her Poster Boys director Shreyas Talpade who is also her co-star in Jo Hukum Mere AakaKrushna Abhishek Talks About Nepotism, Says ‘Yes, I Am Govinda’s Nephew But He Doesn’t Work In My Place’

The story deals with a jinn who can make the opposite of what one wishes for come true. Samikssha essays Krushna’s wife Sudha.

The series is directed by Rajiv Ruhia.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 30, 2020 06:13 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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