Neil Gaiman’s fantasy comic book opus The Sandman has long been an attractive premise for Hollywood, but an adaptation has never gotten beyond the development phase. This is about to change, however, as Deadline is reporting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has signed on to produce the project for Warner Bros. alongside David Goyer.
Here’s how Deadline describes the story:
“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.”
The studio was apparently impressed with Goyer’s pitch, and are looking to move forward. Rumor has it that Gordon-Levitt’s deal will place him both behind and in front of the camera, as he is looking to direct and star in the project, but the details haven’t quite been ironed out just yet. We’ll keep you posted.