The Kill Society by Richard Kadrey book cover Sandman Slim series

Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim novels headed to the big screen with John Wick director

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Feb 12, 2018, 10:40 PM EST

A film based on Neil Gaiman's Sandman may never see the light of day, but while you wait, there is another Sandman getting a film debut: Sandman Slim.

Based on the series of supernatural detective novels by Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim follows James Stark, a gladiator in Hell who is sent back to Los Angeles, where he divides his time between avenging his girlfriend's murder and seeking Mason Faim, the black magician who sent him to Hell. Along the way, Stark beheads another magician, Kasabian, and his head becomes Stark's sidekick.

Don't disembodied heads just make for great sidekicks?

There are currently nine books in the Sandman Slim series. The most recent book, The Kill Society was released last year, and features Stark in the Tenebrae, the home of the lost dead. Heaven puts a bounty on him, and the brutal bunch of rogues and deserters he has joined up with are not likely to take his side.

Deadline reports that Chad Stahelski has been tapped by Sony partner Studio 8 to direct Sandman Slim, with an eye on making it a franchise. Stahelski got his start as a stunt man and coordinator on films ranging from The Matrix to 300 to Van Helsing. He spent some time as a second unit director on films like The Hunger Games and After Earth before helming his own project: John Wick. He directed the first two John Wick films, and has a third in pre-production. Kerry Williamson (What Happened to Monday, Alex Cross) will adapt the novel for the screen.