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Published On: Fri, Jul 3rd, 2015

‘Sandman’ ‘Dark Universe’ ‘Preacher’ and ‘Lucifer’ set for New Line

Warner Bros officially shifted some of their comic book adaptations to a different studio as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice kicks off an onslaught of new projects.

Deadline reports that the studio will move properties under the DC-owned Vertigo comics imprint to sister studio New Line Cinema. This includes Sandman, the film adaptation of the Neil Gaiman comic that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached to direct and star in, as well as Constantine, Dark Universe, Preacher, and Lucifer.

“Warner Bros has its hands full with Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and all of the other tentpole pictures they are planning from DC titles, and so it would make sense for the Vertigo titles to be steered under Toby Emmerich and Richard Brener. The Vertigo titles are considered subversive compared to the WB-steered DC Comics titles with those venerable superheroes.”

Sandman DC Comics photoVertigo was originally created to focus on comics that did not meet the guidelines of the Comics Code Authority, which means the Vertigo books were inherently darker, edgier, and more adult in contrast to the DC comics.

New Line has focused on comedies and horror films as of late like Horrible Bosses 2, We’re the Millers, and Annabelle, so it’ll be interesting to see where the Vertigo materials fit in.

Constantine-The-Darkness-Beneath-matt-ryan photoStill no word if these films will be fit in the established DC Movie Universe that includes Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and The Flash, or would Vertigo films exist in their own separate movie universe.

Collider summarized that “Of all the Vertigo comics, a Sandman movie is the furthest along in development at the moment with David S. Goyer producing. Preacher is in the process of becoming a TV series at AMC, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg deep in production on the pilot. Constantine just suffered an abrupt run on NBC before being canceled, and a Lucifer TV series will premiere this fall on Fox.”

One Vertigo comic that isn’t moving to New Line is Justice League Dark, which is remaining at Warner Bros. Guillermo del Toro penned a screenplay for the pic and had been attached to direct for a while, but THR now reports that he is no longer involved. He’s currently in the midst of prepping Pacific Rim 2 and wouldn’t have had time in his schedule to devote to JLD for a few years.

 

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