After a rumoured disagreement between Netflix and Warner Bros. Discovery, The Sandman creator Neil Gaiman reassures fans that the show is safe. The Sandman has had amazing numbers ever since it made its debut in August. Many supporters organised for the continuation of season 2, and in November it was ultimately announced.
Fans are speculating about how a rumoured dispute between Netflix and Warner Bros. Discovery will affect The Sandman. Despite the fact that the adaptation is available on Netflix, Warner Bros. Television co-produced it, and there have reportedly been recent issues with payment terms between the two parties. Gaiman promises fans that the debate will not impact The Sandman season 2 as he said, “Sandman Season 2 has been commissioned by a Netflix and is real. Whatever behind the scenes wrangling and negotiating needed to happen to make this a reality has already occurred.”
Deadline had previously reported that David Zaslav, the president of Warner Bros. Discovery, had been “railing against” the payment terms owed to Netflix for the creation of television series for the streaming service. After The Sandman’s long-delayed renewal for a second season following a good debut, the debate resurfaced. Due to the payment terms being paid over the course of 18 to 24 months, Zaslav was thought to be extremely dissatisfied with how the deals with Netflix were structured. However, as Deadline reports, this is not a new development as Netflix started these payment conditions years ago. Zaslav recently assumed control of Warner Bros. Television and is now in charge of the production.
The Sandman’s first season had a big budget, as one might anticipate from a fantasy series of its kind. Nevertheless, it was a huge hit with viewers; over 200 million watch hours were logged in just the first ten days. Despite this, it took three months for Netflix to authorise a renewal for the show, which was considered to be a foregone conclusion given its popularity. In a recent statement about the show’s future, Gaiman said Netflix was awaiting a deeper understanding of audience engagement metrics before deciding whether to order a second season. Given Netflix’s penchant for axing cherished series in their prime, worries were well-founded.