Neil Gaiman was seen getting chummy with all the actors who brought his characters to life on the red carpet of The Sandman, a Netflix series based on his acclaimed comic books which will release on August 5.

The show had its World Premiere in London at BFI Southbank.

From left to right, Allan Heinberg, Vivienne Acheampong, Gaiman, Tom Sturridge, Gwendolyn Christie and Vanesu Samunyai were gathered here for this photo op. Sturridge will star in the series as Morpheus, king of the land of Dreaming who has to restore his world to order after over a century in captivity.

The Sandman is finally seeing the light of day after being stuck in “Development Hell,” since ideas for an adaptation were first discussed way back in 1991.

In what must have been an agonizing process for Gaiman, a film version of his comics nearly came to be in 2013 with Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to star, but that folded years later after Gordon-Levitt departed the project.

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