Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Sandman film finds its writer

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Feb 12, 2020, 5:50 PM EST (Updated)

If you were worried Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Sandman adaptation would languish in development hell forever, think again. This thing is rolling along, and it just found its writer.

Warner Bros. has hired Jack Thorne (The Fades, Skins) to script the new Sandman film, based on Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed comic of the same name. The movie pitch comes from David Goyer, with Gordon-Levitt attached to produce and possibly star and/or direct.

Gaiman’s comic is a seminal work, and the early-1990s run is a tour de force in how to get the most out of the medium. The horror-fantasy film would follow Morpheus as he attempts to seek revenge and rebuild his kingdom in modern times. It would apparently stay pretty close to the comic canon, too.

A film version of Sandman has been bouncing around for decades, with a half-dozen versions mounted and subsequently tossed in the 1990s alone. But there seems to be some optimism surrounding Goyer and Gordon-Levitt’s approach, and that’s evident in the quick hire of Thorne. Though he’s a bit unproven, Thorne did have a hand in the stellar BBC supernatural drama The Fades. So, cautious optimism. 

What do you think? Is the time finally right for a Sandman film?

(Via Deadline)