Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s SANDMAN Lands A Writer

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Warner Brothers has been trying to get an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman off the ground for some time now. This includes several attempts at a film, as well as a shot at a television series. Obviously, it has yet to happen. Then, along came David Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The former turned in a concept that the studio seems to really like, then Levitt signed on to produce the project, with the possibility of him directing and starring in the potential film. WB is very high on Goyer at the moment, with him playing a big role in the upcoming superhero projects the studio has lined up. With the addition of JGL, the project has its best shot at actually making it to production.

Sandman took a big leap forward today as it is being reported the film has found a writer in Jack Thorne. Thorne is most known for his work on How I Live Now, which starred Saoirse Ronan. He’s also had his hand in the hit series Skins. For those not familiar with the Gaiman classic, it centers on Morpheus, the personification of dreams. Morpheus escapes after being held captive for over 70 years and seeks revenge, all the while trying to rebuild his kingdom and adapt to the times.

The film has a ton of potential to be a launch point for a unique film franchise, but it will take the right group of people. Goyer and Levitt are a good start. Thorne seems to be a new-comer but it’s always those folks who come into the fight swinging. Levitt‘s first foray into the director’s chair was the well-received Don Jon, which was a minimal, but effective film. Should he step behind the camera for Sandman, it’d be a huge jump into a bigger budget and bigger scale. He has yet to sign on to direct or star, but should the script please him, look for that to change.

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Source : Deadline