David Goyer has given an update on Warner’s forthcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic book series, revealing that the film should hopefully begin production next year. As a Vertigo comic book imprint, the property has been moved over to Warner’s sibling, New Line Cinema, but now that it's settled there, the screenwriter is confident that it’s all-systems-go on Joseph Gordon-Levitt's new film.
"We’re just about to do a new draft,” said Goyer in an interview with Collider. “All of the Vertigo properties ported over to New Line a few months ago. There was a decision from the higher-ups that New Line would focus on the Vertigo properties and Warner Bros would focus on the DC properties. So we’re just starting a re-write with a really fantastic writer that fans of your site will enjoy that’s coming aboard, but I can’t quite announce it yet.”
“I think that the Vertigo properties are a bit more quirky and off-centre than kind of the mainstream superhero stuff at Warners,” he continues. “But I understand the decision because we’re not having to fight for release dates with the Vertigo stuff like we would have been having to do over at Warner Bros. I feel confident that film will go into production hopefully next year.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is co-writing the film with Goyer and the aforementioned mystery scribe, and will also step behind the camera to direct. No release date has been confirmed at this stage.