The last big update we had regarding the planned movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s highly acclaimed Sandman comic series was that Warner Bros. had decided to pass control of that and all other DC Vertigo projects to their sister studio, New Line Cinema.
Now, Collider has managed to find out a few more details about the deal during their chat with producer David S. Goyer, when they interviewed him at the Da Vinci’s Demons press day:
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.
Sandman is a true original: a far-reaching, incredibly imaginative tale of gods and men, which places the focus on the Lord of Dreams, Morpheus, and his catastrophically dysfunctional family. Many people feel the comic is much better suited to the TV medium, and it’s not surprising that Goyer and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt are hesitant to rush into anything and are taking care to ensure a big-screen adaptation that does the story justice.
Tell us, how would you like to see Sandman adapted… if at all? And who do you think this mysterious writer is that Goyer mentioned? Let us know in the comments section below.