The recent lack of information regarding the movie adaptation of The Sandman has been rather depressing. Considering it is was among the first of planned Warner Bros. comic book adaptations after Man of Steel, it’s omission from the studios recent movie schedule was rather disconcerting. However, Neil Gaiman has explained why it was absent from the DC schedule announcement. This is because The Sandman is a Vertigo Comics Property, and it might sit as a standalone movie unattached to DC Cinematic Universe (Guillermo del Toro‘s Justice League Dark could possibly head in the same direction). Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jack Thorne and David S. Goyer are working on the movie adaptation with Levitt and Goyer recently discussing the state of the script and reassuring fans that Neil Gaiman is still very much involved in the writing process.
Gordon-Levitt revealed some more information about working on the screenplay during a Reddit AMA:
“[We’ve] been doing a lot of work with David Goyer and Jack Thorne, working on the screenplay. We’ve been doing our meetings at the DC office, which is a frickin rad place to work. Also just had a great conversation last week with David and Mr. Gaiman. Neil has been extremely big hearted with me, and he’s the one I want to please most.”
Goyer remained cagey with his wording whilst speaking to Deadline, however he stated that this recent effort to bring The Sandman to the big screen is different than the previous attempts:
“I hesitate to definitively say when it might go before the cameras, but the one thing different between other iterations and ours is that Neil Gaiman has been in the room with us and is a vital part of the team. We have a draft Warners is very happy with and we’re moving forward, knock on wood.”
The reassuring thing about Gordon-Levitt and Goyer’s admissions is that Gaiman has been involved in the project, and they have a draft of the script that Warner Bros. are happy with. This sounds promising after the many failed attempts to adapt the comic book series in the past.
It was actually David S. Goyer who won over many sceptics when he announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was already attached to star with a possibly of taking on directing duties also. Gordon-Levitt has displayed his prowess as a director with the successful and critically acclaimed Don Jon, so it could be a possibility that when they get the go-ahead from the studio, that Gordon-Levitt may decide to take on directing duties. For now he has neither confirmed or denied.
So it all looks like things are falling into place quite nicely. What, with the talent involved – there is the potential for a great Sandman adaptation. Goyer knows the medium well (although he will always be the guy who ruined the Blade franchise….), Gordon-Levitt has proven he has an eye for the camera (and he’s already described his vision for the film), Jack Thorne is on script duties, and Neil Gaiman is acting as executive producer (what the hell is taking so long Warner?).
Now it is just a matter of Warner Bros. pulling the finger out and getting the ball moving on their part. We will keep you posted.
Via – Screenrant