For a while, Neil Gaiman’s adaptations seemed to be (except) Coraline) a hopeless attempt, like a movie based on his cartoon The Sandman spent decades in development hell. But now The Sandman gets a series adaptation from Netflix, another season of Good signs and an adaptation of Anansi Boys being made on Amazon, American gods is about to join Starz, and HBO Max has commissioned a pilot based on Dead Boy detectives, characters Gaiman created for DC Comics. Their first appearance was in The Sandman problem no. 25.
If you do not know who these characters are, they are
Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine – who decided not to go into the afterlife to stay on earth and investigate crimes involving the supernatural.
While Dead Boy Detectives is already set to be played by Sebastian Croft and Ty Tennant in the upcoming third season of the HBO Max series Doom Patrol, Croft and Tennant are not believed to be associated with this pilot at this time.
The Pilot is written by Steve Yockey, who also acts as executive producer alongside Jeremy Carver and Berlanti Productions’ Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and David Madden. Yockey and Carver have previously worked together on Supernatural. Yockey currently serves as co-showrunner on The flight attendant, while Carver is the showrunner on Doom Patrol.
Warner Bros. Television expects to start filming Dead Boy detectives in November – but first they have to find a director.
I have never read or seen anything written by Neil Gaiman, and certainly only know him from podcasts he recorded with Kevin Smith several years ago. However, he seemed like a good guy, so I’m glad he’s been so successful in bringing his stories and characters to the screen these days. I hope Dead Boy detectives pilot will turn out well; the fact that we have two Supernatural veterans working on it is a good sign for me.
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