We haven’t heard a whole lot about the planned big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s masterwork, The Sandman, in quite a while, but now THR reports that a new writer has boarded the project – and they’ve also seemingly confirmed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will direct and star.
Last we heard, Gordon-Levitt was working on a treatment with David Goyer, but taking over script duties will be horror writer Eric Heisserer ,who has previously worked on the likes of the A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing remakes, and well as The Conjuring 2.
There have been several attempts to adapt Morpheus and his messed-up family for the screen in the past but, for various reasons, they all fell apart. This time, however, Gaiman himself has given his blessing to the project and seems very excited about finally seeing his creation come to life on film.
The Sandman was originally announced as part of Warner Bros.’ DCEU slate but has since shifted over to New Line, who envision a trilogy – which should please fans who feared this massive and complex tale would be condensed into one movie.