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Briefly: Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been confirmed as a producer and possible director and star for the Warner Bros. film adaptation of The Sandman. (He emphasized his current producer-only role on Twitter.) The comic series created by Neil Gaiman has been the subject of several possible film and TV adaptations in the past, but will now be part of WB’s new push to adapt DC properties.

This development was first reported by Badass Digest when David Goyer pitched a take on Sandman to Warner Bros.; we’ll have to wait to see if he signs on in a capacity other than producer, but it’s looking like we’ll at least see JGL in a role in the film. [Deadline]

Update: Gordon-Levitt tweeted about the deal, suggesting that we’ll see an adaptation of the first story arc in the Sandman series, collected as ‘Preludes and Nocturnes.’ In that arc the title character, Dream, is freed from captivity and has to rebuild his power base. The story features a chapter called ’24 Hours,’ in which a madman uses Dream’s power to influence people trapped in a diner, and which is one of the more horrifying issues in the series.

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There’s a new issue of Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman on stands now. It launches a short ongoing story called The Sandman: Overture, acting as an explanation of events that preceded the first issue of the seminal comic series. It’s the first new Sandman story since 2003, and the first series of multiple issues since the series originally ended in 1996. (And, in keeping with some periods of the original publication, Overture is already experiencing delays.)

All of which is a long way of saying that a lot of people are thinking and talking about Sandman again, and that seems to have re-ignited the interest in making a movie at Warner Bros. The latest word is that David Goyer has pitched a take that WB likes, and that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the ideal candidate to play the lynchpin character Morpheus. Read More »

Once upon a time, Warner Bros. was thinking of making a movie based on Neil Gaiman‘s comic book series Sandman. This confused many people, as Sandman is a wide-ranging collection of stories and characters that does not at all lend itself to a Big Studio Movie. You think Watchmen came out a little wonky? Translating Sandman to the screen makes adapting Watchmen seem like a breeze.

Anyway, the movie didn’t happen, perhaps because the most confused people were at Warner Bros. Neil Gaiman did spend time at one point trying to explain the series to the suits, and commissioned a big suite of images to help get the idea across. Those images are now online. They’re more a slideshow encapsulation of the grand scope of Sandman than true concept art, and those who know the series well will recognize moments from many of the major story arcs from the series’ 75-issue run. Read More »

This will either be great news or a disappointing report, depending upon what sort of fan you are of Neil Gaiman‘s landmark comic book series Sandman. Do you want to see the stories adapted into a new medium, or not? Last year we heard that Warner Bros. TV was developing a TV series based on the comic, with Supernatural‘s Erik Kripke a top choice to lead the project.

Yesterday a brief interview surfaced in which Mr. Kripke said that the project was dead. Specifically, he said, “Unfortunately, for a lot of varying reasons, Sandman is not in the works, at least for this season. I retain hope that maybe sometime in the future we can resurrect it.”

Now it sounds as if Sandman was never quite dead. Geoff Johns, writer and Chief Creative Officer for DC Comics says that development continues. Read More »

Last year I got depressed when Warner Bros. Television started developing a television series based on Neil Gaiman‘s standard-setting comic book series Sandman. The property had been in film development hell for many years, and seemed well-suited for it. Over the course of seventy-five issues Sandman told a huge variety of stories with the sort of detail and fearlessness that would likely fail to translate to the screen.

There was some slight consolation in the TV development, as Supernatural creator and showrunner (for five seasons, anyway) Erik Kripke was said to be the top choice to get the show going. He seemed like one of the best possible people to make the show work. But now he says it isn’t happening. Read More »

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I can’t tell you how sad I am to see this news. If there is one comic book property I always hoped would remain in development hell, it is Sandman, the series that Neil Gaiman wrote from 1988 to 1996. The series blended horror, fantasy and history with a rotating cast of characters that are some of the most unique and memorable to grace any comics pages. A film version was long in development, and every year that went by without real movement on the Sandman movie was a good year.

But now Warner Bros. TV is in the early stages of developing a TV show based on the series. And I suppose my sadness might go away, or at least lighten, if I was a Supernatural watcher. I know many people who love the show, and the fact that creator Eric Kripke may end up masterminding the Sandman TV show could be the project’s saving grace. Read More »

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