Published On: Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015

‘Sandman’ movie update: David Goyer talks New Line, ‘quirky’ Vertigo properties

Almost 25 years after the first Sandman comic book a movie is film adaptation in the works and producer David Goyer gave fans a brief update on the project.

During an interview with Collider, Goyer stated that filming for Sandman should start in 2016., but there’s still no guarantee that this film will ever happen.

“We’re just about to do a new draft,” said Goyer. “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.”

Neil Gaiman introduced Sandman in 1989 and now the story of Morpheus, also known as Dream, will go to the big screen. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached but it’s unclear if that is as a director, the star or as a producer.

DC Comics decided that its Vertigo line of comics, which Sandman belongs to, wouldn’t have its films handled by Warner Brothers, but by New Line Cinema instead.

This also served to delay the project.

Jack Thorne is no longer attached to the project as the writer, but Goyer didn’t come out and say who this new writer is, but did explain why New Line is a better fit than the WB.

“I think that the Vertigo properties are a bit more quirky and off-center than kind of the mainstream superhero stuff at Warners,” said Goyer. “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.”


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