There was a lot of movement on the long-developing feature adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s classic Vertigo comic series Sandman over the weekend. Regrettably, not all of it was in a positive direction.
On Friday, New Line Cinema announced that they’d brought on screenwriter Eric Heisserer to rework the script originally penned by Jack Thorne. Heisserer broke through in screenwriting with his work on the A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing remake, as well as Final Destination 5.
Unfortunately, the other shoe dropped less than 24 hours later; the film’s greatest champion, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, announced his departure from the project. Gordon-Levitt had long been working on the movie with David Goyer, Gaiman, and Thorne, with an eye at both the starring role and director. With Warner Bros. Pictures shifting all the properties under the Vertigo banner (an imprint of DC Comics) to New Line, however, JGL apparently decided his vision no longer aligned with the new studio’s.
Read his full statement below.
In the end, it seems New Line is indeed moving forward with Sandman, but that it will likely be a very different version than the one Gordon-Levitt and his team had been working on for the last few years.