For years there have been attempts to bring Neil Gaiman’s critically-acclaimed comic series “The Sandman” to the big screen. In fact, there is an entire chapter dedicated to the production history of “The Sandman” in David Hughes great book “Tales from Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made?”
However it looks like were are now one step closer towards a Sandman movie. Deadline reported today that British writer Jack Thorne is set to write a screenplay, based off a pitch by “The Dark Knight’ trilogy screenwriter David S. Goyer. Thorne is BAFTA-award winning writer who previously wrote for the British television series “Skins,” “Shameless,” “This Is England,” and “The Fades.”
The story of “The Sandman” focuses on a character named Morpheus, who is the personification of dreams. He imprisoned by an occult ritual for 70 years. After managing to escape from he seeks revenge against those imprisoned him. At the same time trying to rebuilt the kingdom that has crumbled during his absence. The series ran from from 1989 to 1996 and is one of the most critically-acclaimed comic series. It made the New York Times Best Seller list and Entertainment Weekly listed it at No. 46 on their list of “100 Best Read from 1983 to 2008.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to star, produce and possibly direct the adaptation. Neil Gaiman and David S. Goyer will also serve as producers on the film.
Are you looking forward to a “Sandman” movie? Do you think Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the right guy for the role? Leave your thoughts in the comments?