To be fair to Farmer (who didn’t have a successful Hollywood career, so continuing to kick this corpse makes a bit of sense), his “Sandman” manuscript appears to have been written without have any prior knowledge of the Gaiman comics. Chances are, this guy was given an assignment by famous producer Jon Peters and did as he was told.
Peters, a moped hairdresser who charmed Barbara Streisand into accepting him into the upper echelon of the Hollywood studio power structure (in the early 1990s, he tricked Sony into letting him go). (who runs their newly acquired Columbia Pictures with his partner Peter Guber), doesn’t know the first thing about comics. How can he? He is illiterate. But he’s been lucky enough to land enough popular hits to land a non-exclusive deal with Warner Bros. in 1994. He piloted “Superman” and had the final say on the movie adaptation of “Sandman”. And while he didn’t know how to make these movies work, he managed to get into one element: they had to have a giant mechanical spider.
Now “Sandman” is in the global top 10 of Netflix, Gaiman made a slight openingWhich means he’s finally learning about something I’ve had to keep quiet for over 20 years.
https://www.slashfilm.com/981625/neil-gaiman-leaked-really-stupid-sandman-script-from-jon-peters-which-featured-giant-mechanical-spiders/ Neil Gaiman Revealed ‘Really Stupid’ Sandman Script From Jon Peters (Striking Giant Muscle Spiders)