Is Emmy Rossum Interested in Neil Gaiman's Death?

April 9, 2009
Source: MTV

Emmy Rossum - Neil Gaiman's Death

She's fallen in love with the Phantom, braved the ultimate blizzard, and fought Piccolo, so what possibly could be next for Emmy Rossum? The absolutely gorgeous 22-year-old actress, who I am secretly in love with, spoke to MTV recently while promoting Dragonball Evolution and admitted she's really a big geek. "The mangas that I read are the Neil Gaiman stuff, like 'Black Orchid'… Okay, maybe I am a geek." I think I might faint! When asked further about Gaiman's work, Rossum revealed that they're trying to adapt both "Black Orchid" and "Death", two of his graphic novels which just so happen to be about female characters.

When pressed to see if she's gotten in touch with Neil Gaiman (like via Twitter:, Rossum only replied with "no comment." I hate running unconfirmed early rumors like this, but they claim the "cat-and-mouse" game of responses she played with the reporter was a sure sign that something may be brewing. She wouldn't confirm anything, but did add, "I love Neil Gaiman. I think he's a genius. Let's leave it at that." You and me both, Ms. Rossum! And if we look at the progression of her illustrious career so far, I think it goes without saying that she would certainly be a good fit for either of these roles, if they happen.

Gaiman's "Black Orchid" graphic novel, first published in 1988, is about a superheroine with powers like super-strength and invulnerability who is a master of disguise. Her calling card is literally a black orchid, which is where her name comes from. Gaiman's "Death" miniseries is a spin-off from Sandman, featuring the Sandman's elder sister, Death of the Endless, in a story based around the fable that Death takes human form once a century, to remain grounded and in touch with humanity. New Line has been developing an adaptation of that series since 2007. For many reasons, I really do hope Emmy gets this role in the end.

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Does Gaiman even make manga? I know it means comic book, but not here in America.

Tristan on Apr 9, 2009


There was at least one Death story published in a manga style, though it wasn't written by Gaiman. Seems like she reads good stuff, but isn't a real big geek. Otherwise she'd know the difference between manga and comics. It's sort of the equivalent of using the term "japanimation" when referring to anime.

Lana on Apr 9, 2009


Ha, okay.

Tristan on Apr 9, 2009


I think the quote was taken from an interview when someone asked her about manga. She is promoting Dragonball after all....

jasonmd2020 on Apr 10, 2009


To Alex, You forgot to mention that Black Orchid is literally the female version of Swamp Thing. Just as naked and more purple :)... and less ugly. lol! And since Swamp Thing and Black Orchid both seem to live within the same 'DC Vertigo' universe, maybe there will be some mention of him as well. 🙂

LW on Apr 10, 2009


I didn't really like her in Dragonball, I thought she was too serious

Kail on Apr 10, 2009


I think she'd be great in the role of Death...she has that wide eyed etheral look..she can be creepy or subtle...I like her...yes, pick her, pick will be a good change of roles for her.

Athena on Apr 10, 2009


A Death movie before Sandman? Hmmm....btw, Daniel Day-Lewis as Sandman-pleeeease!!

dAVIS_s_p on Apr 10, 2009


She might look perfect, but I would prefer a Death could actually act.

vanitykidman on Apr 29, 2009


Neil Gaiman is a self aggrandizing Scientologist, and Scientologists create an enormous amount of misery in the world, so it really isn't cute or funny. Scientologists are either in good standing or disconnected from their family members so Gaiman is clearly in good standing as is Amanda Palmer. Why does Gaiman support this dangerous cult? I suspect in order to gain monetary and career benefit. Scientologists call outsiders WOGS and it is okay for them to lie to us, in this case about their status so they can continue to take our money and fund a dangerous cult that destroys lives. The money trail to Gaiman is a fact and Gaiman also sent his children to Scientology schools. The Gaiman Family USA are Patrons with Honors of Scientology, meaning they’ve donated at least $100,000.00. The Gaiman Family USA is Neil Gaiman because both of his sisters are married and go by their married names, Claire Edwards and Lizzie Calcione. ( These two sisters are bigwig Scienos, being the respective heads of recruiting in LA and the Wealden Center in East Grinstead). In 2006, the same year Neil Gaiman donated $100,00.00, his father David Gaiman (now deceased, donated almost 400,000 pounds or $750,000.00. Gaiman's entire family are high ranking Scientologists and Neil Gaiman is a member in VERY good standing. They also donate through G & G Foods, their family company. Go to to see the big picture. 2003: THE GAIMAN FAMILY USA Impact magazine #105 Patrons ($100,000.00) You will find them listed in CAPS because they are Patrons with Honors ($100,000.00) 2004: Impact #109 G & G Foods Patrons ($40,000.00) 2004: THE GAIMAN FAMILY USA Impact Magazine #109 Founding Patrons ($100,000.00)[circa September 2004 ]:Founding Patrons are those who became Patrons by the IAS 20th Anniversary (October/November 2004). The following list appears in Impact 114 [ circa September 2006 ]: 2006: Impact #114 G & G Food Supplies Patrons ($40,000.00) 2006: THE GAIMAN FAMILY USA Impact magazine #114 Patrons ($100,000.00) You will find them listed in CAPS because they are Patrons with Honors ($100,000.00) 2006: Impact magazine #114 DAVID & SHEILA GAIMAN UK Silver Meritorious ($750,000.00) allegiance

trent on Feb 3, 2010


Neil Gaiman just donated another $500,000.00 to Scientology in 2010 through his business partner Mary Gaiman who received a "Gold Humanitarian Award." Gaiman is a Scientologist and so is Amanda "I can't play a fucking note" Palmer.

Trent on May 3, 2010

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