It’s Shaping Up to Be a Great Year For Neil Gaiman
Roughly 10 years ago, Nail Gaiman’s name wasn’t very mainstream, though he was well known to genre fans for his writing. Then, things started shifting. In 2007, Roger Avary and Gaiman co-wrote the undervalued Beowulf animated film from Robert Zemeckis, and we got the absolutely awesome Stardust, adapted from Gaiman’s novel by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman. Coraline followed in 2009, again adapted from a Gaiman novel, and his name started to become more recognized and people started looking at adapting more of his properties. There was a big push to adapt Sandman, though that’s stalled out for the moment, and then last year, it was announced Starz had greenlit an American Gods TV series. And now, we’re getting an InterWorld TV series, based on the YA novels he co-wrote with Michael Reaves.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jeffrey Seller and Flody Suarez (the producers behind the Broadway smash Hamilton) have signed a development deal to adapt the InterWorld novels into a TV series. Both Gaiman and co-writer Reaves will be serving alongside Seller and Suarez as producers. For those unfamiliar with the book, here’s a brief synopsis:
“InterWorld tells the story of Joey Harker, a very average kid who discovers that his world is only one of a trillion alternate Earths. Some of these Earth are ruled by magic. Some are ruled by science. All are at war.
Joey teams up with alternate versions of himself from an array of these worlds. Together, the army of Joeys must battle evil magicians Lord Dogknife and Lady Indigo to keep the balance of power between all the Earths stable.”
The Long Path to an Interworld TV Series
Interestingly, Gaiman and Reaves originally intended InterWorld to be a Hollywood project, but they were never able to interest anyone. So in 2007, they finally turned InterWorld it into a novel, adding two sequels, The Silver Dream, and Eternity’s Wheel. The novel was well received, and Dreamworks Animation grabbed the rights, and then …. nothing. Until now. It finally looks like we’ll be getting that InterWorld TV series, which is great. And if both of these TV series turn out well, maybe that will provide enough impetus for people to finally make the Sandman movie happen.