It looks like the upcoming Sandman film now has a screenwriter. Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. have chosen Jack Thorne, the screenwriter who worked on How I Live Now and who scripted the yet-to-be-released dramedy A Long Way Down, to pen the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic book classic.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is producing the film with David Goyer, Warner Bros.’ go-to writer for comic book adaptations. Levitt’s contract only has him attached to produce at this time, but WB is hopeful that he will not only star in the film, but direct it as well. This will be one big move up if Levitt signs on to direct, considering his only directed feature so far has been last year’s dramedy Don Jon, which co-starred Scarlett Johansson. Don Jon was a solid film, but is it enough to prove that he is the man to helm what could potentially become a fantastic franchise? Fingers crossed.
According to Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics:
The Sandman is the universally lauded masterwork following Morpheus, Lord of the Dreaming—a vast hallucinatory landscape housing all the dreams of any and everyone who’s ever existed. Regardless of cultures or historical eras, all dreamers visit Morpheus’ realm— be they gods, demons, muses, mythical creatures, or simply humans who teach Morpheus some surprising lessons.
Upon his escape from an embarrassing captivity at the hands of a mere mortal, Morpheus finds himself at a crossroads, forced to deal with the enormous changes within both himself and his realm. His journey to find his place in a world that’s drastically changed takes him through mythical worlds to retrieve his old heirlooms, the back roads of America for a twisted reunion, and even Hell itself—to receive the dubious honor of picking the next Devil. But he’ll learn his greatest lessons at the hands of his own family, the Endless, who—like him—are walking embodiments of the most influential aspects of existence.