REVEALED: The Time Michael Jackson Tried To Land A ‘Crown Jewel’ On-Screen Role

It’s taken many years for Neil Gaiman’s beloved “The Sandman” graphic novels to achieve screens with the discharge of the Netflix collection over the summer time. However one doable earlier model would’ve been fairly completely different from what followers are seeing as we speak.

In accordance with Gaiman, Michael Jackson as soon as pitched himself within the lead function of Morpheus (a.okay.a. Dream).

“By 1996, I was being taken where the then-president of Warner Bros. sat me down and told me that Michael Jackson had phoned him the day before and asked him if he could star as Morpheus in ‘The Sandman,’” Gaiman advised the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast. “So, there was a lot of interest in this, and they knew that it was one of the Crown Jewels and what did I think?”

Gaiman apparently didn’t assume a lot of it, primarily based on the sound and cringe he supplied after sharing the anecdote:

It’s not clear if Jackson pictured himself in a TV collection or a movie adaptation. However like most different makes an attempt at bringing the enduring collection to the display screen, these discussions within the Nineties in the end went nowhere.

That modified ― lastly ― in August, when followers obtained their long-awaited collection on Netflix that includes Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as fan-favorite Loss of life and a solid that additionally consists of Boyd Holbrook, Vivienne Acheampong, David Thewlis, Jenna Coleman and Gwendoline Christie.

Based mostly on the reactions from critics and followers, it was well worth the wait: “The Sandman” sports activities a dreamy 87 % approval score on Rotten Tomatoes.

See extra of Gaiman’s dialogue with Josh Horowitz of “Happy, Sad, Confused,” together with most of the different false begins on “The Sandman’s” journey to the display screen, under: