Recently, Netflix released season one of the highly-anticipated series of The Sandman
based on the comics written by Neil Gaiman. To promote the release, television series creators Gaiman and Allan Heinberg, both of whom also serve as executive producers and writers on the show, took part in a round table with the press.
During the interview, the two talked to SciFi Vision about how they decided what to pull versus what to leave out when creating the show. Gaiman was quick to say that he didn’t feel anything was missing from the television series. “I think what fascinates me is there's nothing in those first ten episodes that I miss. There isn't anything where I go, ‘I just wish we got to shoot that little bit that we had to leave out,’ because we were talking all of the time; I was reading the scripts. I was giving notes. There were at least a couple of times when it was even quicker just to say, ‘What if they had this dialog’ and just shunt that over to Allan than it was to try and get Allan to get somebody else to write it and whatever. So, I don't regard it as a thing of, ‘I just wish we had that scene; I wish we shot that scene.’ It's much more a thing of going, ‘I think we've made the television version.’ Sometimes we expand; sometimes we condense.”
Some of those changes, he added, were because of the lack of a narrator in the television series. “We can't stop the action while I talk to you, which I can do in comics,” explained Gaiman, citing Episode Five, “24/7,” as an example. “We take a different path through that story to the one we take in the comic,” he continued, “because we don't have somebody telling you what's going on inside everybody's head, and because we don't have that, then we're doing this with drama, and we're interacting, making it essentially a stage play. So, if we have the stage play version of that, how would you do that?”