You remember that feature film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's THE SANDMAN that we talked about last year? Where we left off with this one was that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was set to produce, star and possibly direct the adaptation, but at the time they were still on the hunt for a writer. All that has changed today as Deadline reports that Jack Thorne has been set to script SANDMAN at Warner Bros based on the pitch that David Goyer made for his treatment for the Neil Gaiman comic book classic.
The Sandman series shifts between horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times.
I've never been much of a comic book reader so anytime news like this comes in I always feel completely in the dark as far as what to expect. I do like Gordon-Levitt, though, and it sounds like he could be a perfect fit for the character. As far as him as a director, he only has one notch in his belt with DON JON—which is about as far away from SANDMAN as you can get—so it will be interesting to see if he does get the directing nod and how he'll handle such an epic story. Keep an eye here for more as we get it!
Scarlett Johansson starred in JGL's DON JON