The long saga of the movie version of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman spin-off, Death: The High Cost of Living, seems to have come to the latest in a line of endings with Gaiman’s proclaiming the project a victim of Warner Bros’ recent renewed focus on DC Comics properties. In a new interview with Vulture, he said,
We just set it up again at a Warner-related company and everything was all ready. It was weird, though. If you had asked me in March of this year about Death, I would have told you that I thought it was pretty definitely dead. And if you’d asked me in April, I would have been thrilled and happy and said, “No, no, no, it’s absolutely on. And then in June, July, the new powers that be at DC and Warner basically closed everything down… everything got closed down for reevaluation to decide what it was, to decide if they were making it or not. And Death is one of those things that’s been closed down. So, whether or not it will come back to life, I don’t know. Death seems amazingly hard to kill. And the truth is I will be happy either way. It was one of those things where I really wanted to make a Death movie because I knew that for me, the tone of voice was the most important thing about the movie. I didn’t want somebody to make a bad Death movie anymore than I want anybody to make a bad Sandman movie or TV series or whatever.
So, does that mean we can assume that the mooted Sandman TV series is replacing any Death movie, considering it was announced after the July closedown?
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