"Sandman" Film Gets "Really Fantastic" New Writer, Goyer Says

The slow-moving journey to bring "Sandman" to the big screen continues, but there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Producer David S. Goyer has provided an update on his and Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed Vertigo comic.

While speaking with Collider, Goyer announced that the film's script, originally written by Jack Thorne, is currently being reworked by "a really fantastic writer." Additionally, Goyer expressed his hope that the film will go into production in 2016.

"We're just about to do a new draft," Goyer said. "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."

"It's really good, man. It's slow but steady," Gordon-Levitt said of the adaptation in June. "It's a really complicated adaptation because those comics, they're brilliant, but they're not written as a whole. It's not like 'Watchmen,' which is a graphic novel that has a beginning, middle, and end. 'Sandman' was written over the course of whatever -- I forget exactly, six or seven years. One at a time. One little 20-page issue at a time. And to try to take that and make it into something that's a feature film -- a movie that has a beginning, middle, and end -- is complicated."

"The Sandman" debuted in 1988 from DC Comics and ran for 75 issues, winning numerous awards and ending its run in 1996. It was an instrumental part of the creation of DC's Vertigo imprint, and Gaiman recently returned to the characters and concepts with the just-concluded "Sandman: Overture" miniseries.

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