Neil Gaiman Offers A SANDMAN Movie Update; Sounds Like We’ll Be Getting More Than One


sandmanThere have been attempts to turn Neil Gaiman‘s seminal work, Sandman, into a movie for decades. That’s part of the reason fans were cautiously optimistic when it was revealed that Joseph-Gordon Levitt was looking to produce and possibly star in as well as direct the latest attempt from scriptwriter Jack Thorne from a story pitched by Gordon-Levitt‘s co-producer David Goyer. We’ve heard a few things about the projects in the months since it was originally announced, but things have gone silent as work really begins. Gaiman appeared at this past weekend’s Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose where he received the ffestival’s highest honor and took part in a Q&A session. When the floor was opened to fans, the conversation of course turned to Sandman. That’s when Gaiman offered up a rather interesting update about the film.

Gaiman revealed he’s just as cautiously optimistic about the project as fans are. Before offering an update, he prefaced it by mentioning “There was a saying when I was a kid in Sussex: ‘I’ve lived too near the woods too long to be frightened by an owl.’ Right now there is exciting ‘Sandman’ stuff happening, but I can’t help thinking that I’ve been here before” All of that said, the writer says things are looking very good right now (via CBR):

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, of all people, is an enormous ‘Sandman’ fan. He and David Goyer talked about it, they’ve come up, I believe, with a treatment of what they want the story of the first movie to be. They are talking to an incredible writer [Jack Thorne], who I coincidentally already knew, because he did the movie script for ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane,’ so I’ve met him and loved his treatment of my work. And Wednesday afternoon I will be spending with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and talking ‘Sandman!’ That’s pretty much everything I know. Now you know as much as I know.

If memory serves, this is the first time Gaiman has been thrilled with the prospect of a movie and is happy with the scriptwriter, well as happy as you can be in the idea and pre-writing stages. It’s also worth mentioning that Gaiman says they have the treatment for the story they want to tell in the first movie. While this isn’t confirmation, it seems they are already planning of turning it into a franchise. Sandman would be hard to do in one movie, but there hasn’t been any indication of if it would be one movie or would span the course of several. We’ll just have to wait and see how things go in the coming months. What do you think about the writer’s comments?

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