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Gaiman Comments on the Death Movie

Is it alive? Or is it dead?

   Awwww.. and she already put on all that white make-up for her close-up.
 Awwww.. and she already put on all that white make-up for her close-up.

Honestly, out all the comics that've been discussed as potential movies, Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN spin-off, DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING, would seem like the easiest option. It’s a concise story, it’s not as  fantasy-heavy as the regular SANDMAN series… and it’s got a premise that anybody, even someone who’d never touch a comic, can grasp. It’d seem like a no-brainer (especially now that the girl's appearing in the main DCU) yet it’s been languishing in development hell for years, now. 

Gaiman finally commented on the status of the project during an interview with Vulture recently...

“We just set it up again at a Warner-related company and everything was all ready... 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...' So, whether or not it will come back to life, I don’t know. Death seems amazingly hard to kill."

Interestingly enough, I remember an interview from a while back where Gaiman claimed that not only was a DEATH movie on track, but he was also angling to direct it himself. Considering that he's done pretty much everything else, I suppose it's only a matter of time before he gets behind the camera.  == TEASER ==

He also goes on to say that, back when he was first doing the comic in the early 90s, he had a corporate meeting about the prospect of a DEATH movie wherein he requested that they not make it. The suit he met with commented that he was the only creator to make such a request out of the dozens who’d had similar meetings. The rest always wanted a movie to be made.  I suppose it begs the question of whether DEATH movie is even necessary. If it’s perfectly adequate as a comic, why can’t it just stay that way?  

Then again, I really wouldn't mind seeing some perky young actress get all gothed up for the movie...

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of    HYBRID BASTARDS!  &   UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here   &  here .