Goyer: Neil Gaiman is "Vital Part of the Team" for "Sandman" Film

While speaking with Deadline about his many upcoming projects, David S. Goyer touched on the upcoming film adaptation of "Sandman" with Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the helm as director. The film is produced by Goyer and Gordon-Levitt with series creator Neil Gaiman as executive producer -- and from Goyer's comments, it seems like he's heavily involved in developing DC Comics' seminal Vertigo series for the big screen.

"I hesitate to definitively say when it might go before the cameras, but the one thing different between other iterations and ours is that Neil Gaiman has been in the room with us and is a vital part of the team," Goyer told Deadline.

Fans were initially surprised when the "Sandman" film wasn't among Warner Bros. massive DC Comics-based film slate, and Gaiman clarified that it was a part of "a different announcement."

Gordon-Levitt confirmed in August that a team was working on a script, with Goyer, Gaiman and "a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan 'Batman' movies" involved.

"There's not a script yet." Gordon-Levitt said in August. "We're still kind of working it out, because it's such a complicated adaptation because 'Sandman' wasn't written as novels. 'Sin City' was written as a novel. 'Sandman' is 75 episodic issues. There's a reason people have been trying and failing to adapt 'Sandman; for the past 20 years."

UPDATE 12/1/2014 2:41 PM PT: During his AMA on Reddit, Gordon-Levitt gave a further update on "Sandman," as well as giving a better idea of Gaiman's level of involvement with the film.

"Been doing a lot of work with David Goyer and Jack Thorne, working on the screenplay," Gordon-Levitt said. "We've been doing our meetings at the DC office, which is a frickin rad place to work. Also just had a great conversation last week with David and Mr. Gaiman. Neil has been extremely big hearted with me, and he's the one I want to please most."

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