The big screen version of author Neil Gaiman's popular comic book series Sandman is still in the pipeline over at Warner Bros
At last report, Jack Thorne ("A Long Way Down") had
signed on to write the adapted screenplay with Gaiman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David S. Goyer are producing the project.
The 75-issue comic follows Dream (aka. Morpheus), the Lord
of the dream world who is held captive for seven decades by an occult
ritual. Having escaped, his kingdom has fallen into disrepair in his
absence and he sets about changing his old ways - hard for a being who
has been around for billions of years.
DC Entertainment's film guru Geoff Johns was said to be high on Goyer's take.
big and small screen adaptations of Gaiman's comic have been in
development, but none of them have ever really gotten anywhere despite
some major names being mentioned. The story format would also be tricky
to adapt - the elaborate story arcs too complicated and lengthy to
play out on film, while the dense and rich visual world is too
expensive to produce as a TV series.
features various elements of mythology, horror, historical events and
absurdist humor. Characters include Dream's siblings such as his
gothic punk rocker looking sister Death, his talking animal assistants,
and The Corinthian who has two mouths for eyes and who is immortal
There's still no word as to who might play the lead here.
Gaiman tells Radio Times that he is not all that concerned about who gets gig as long as it's a good actor:
"It's a funny thing with Morpheus. Again, it's that thing
where you look around and think, 'Yes this person would be a fantastic
person', and then time passes. There was a time Johnny Depp would've
been a great Morpheus, but now he's too old and it's fine. I think the first time I saw Benedict [Cumberbatch] was as Sherlock Holmes, I thought, 'wow, that's incredibly Morpheus'. And fans probably
thought the same because they immediately started doing fan-art, meshing
the two of them up. Then again, Tom Hiddleston is still out there! And the truth is, as
far as I'm concerned, anybody who sounds English with great cheekbones
can probably pull it off."
It's expected a potential release date for"Sandman" will be announced as
part of a separate slate of DC/Vertigo film adaptations unveiled by Warner Brothers sometime in the next few months.