Gaiman on the Status of Death (

Date: Monday, July 24, 2006

"It's more a matter of because it's Sandman, which is under option by Warner Bros, 'Death' cannot go very far from Warner Bros," Neil Gaiman explained of his long-gestating movie. "So we started making it at Warner Bros. We developed a script that everyone was happy with and then the powers that be said 'Well, hang on, it's a $15 million dollar script and we don't make $15 million movies.' So then we had to figure out what to do with it, so we took it over to New Line, but it took 18 months to get the contracts to get it from Warner Bros. to New Line even though they're both Time Warner. Then they did a budget of $30 million and asked if we could get it down from there 'because we don't make $30 million movies.'"

Series: Death: The High Cost of Living