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Background: In many ways one of the first mainstream comic book series to be taken seriously as literature, Neil Gaiman's myth-heavy take on the DC Comics character remains perennially hip and seems a natural for film or TV adaptation. In reality, it's been in various stages of development Hell for nearly two decades, linked to myriad directors, writers, producers -- and Gaiman himself. An early '90s attempt by producer Jon Peters ("Batman") famously fizzled.
Current Status: Gaiman still seems to want a proper adaptation, and for a short while, it appeared that the 2010 TV pitch from Eric Kripke ("Supernatural") might be going somewhere, but nothing has so far come to light. It may be best to simply let Dream, Death and the rest of Gaiman's rich characters exist only on the page.