It’s taken a while, but a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed Sandman comic series is finally on the way. So, when might this project actually make it in front of the camera?
In a chat with Collider, producer David Goyer opened up about where they stand in the development process and how Warner Bros. is handling the Vertigo comic properties in parallel with the mainline DC movies (i.e. Justice League, etc.). According to Goyer, director Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Sandman adaptation is now at New Line, which will be the umbrella for all the Vertigo titles. So, yeah, don’t hold your breath for any Justice League crossovers.
Even better? Goyer said they’re working on a new draft of the script now, and he expects the film to enter production at some point in 2016. Fingers crossed.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“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.”
What do you want to see from the Sandman film? Do you think now is finally the time to make it happen?