More information has been released about David Goyer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Neil Gaimans‘ feature film adaptation of the comic book series Sandman. Now closer to production than ever, the project has been described by Gordon-Levitt as a complicated adaptation, but mind-blowingly awesome. Gaiman’s name may be the first one you think of when you reminisce about Sandman, but Joe Simon and Jack Kirby were actually the creators of the comic series. Gaiman’s adaptation is what propelled it into the cult classic that it is today. The comic arc ran from January 1989 to March 1996, with 75+ issues. Moves have been being made by WB to make it into a movie since 1996, and it seems it might finally be time for the dream to become a reality!New Line Cinema, WB’s production company that will be taking over all the Vertigo comic book properties, is where the film will be being developed. Goyer had an interview with Collider where, along with an update on the project, he also treated us to some tidbits such as the acquisition of a new writer to pen a new draft of the script. He describes the writer as “a really fantastic writer,” that fans “will enjoy.” He also shared his hopes for the film to go into production next year.
“We’re just about to do a new draft. All of the Vertigo properties ported over to New Line a few months ago. There was a decision from the higher-ups that New Line would focus on the Vertigo properties and Warner Bros would focus on the DC properties. So we’re just starting a re-write with a really fantastic writer that fans of your site will enjoy that’s coming aboard, but I can’t quite announce it yet.
“I think that the Vertigo properties are a bit more quirky and off-center than kind of the mainstream superhero stuff at Warners. But I understand the decision because we’re not having to fight for release dates with the Vertigo stuff like we would have been having to do over at Warner Bros. But I feel confident that film will go into production hopefully next year.”
Whoever this fantastic and enjoyable writer is, he’d better be ready to take on the story of Morpheus, who is the Lord of Dreaming and a deity that can personify dreams. It should also be exciting to see what said writer does with Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire, Delirium and Dream; a powerful team of brothers and sisters collectively known as The Endless.