The Sandman movie in development with producers Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David Goyer now has a writer.
British writer Jack Thorne, whose work has primarily been in television work in the UK, will script the film based on a treatment by David Goyer off the comic book by Neil Gaiman, Deadline reports. The "hope" is still for JGL, as he's known to fans, to direct the film after his well-received debut with Don Jon in 2013. Gaiman is confirmed as an executive producer for the film.
Thorne's first solo feature work debuts in the UK on March 21, 2014. The movie, A Long Way Down is based off a Nick Hornby novel and stars Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots - but has no sci-fi, horror, or fantasy connections.
Sandman is the seminal work by Gaiman that helped to establish DC Comics' "Vertigo" imprint, a mature-readers line that told stories mainstream superhero comics didn't dare to touch in the late 80s and early 90s. The imprint has also played home to Preacher, in development for a TV series with AMC, and the currently running Sandman: Overture, a prequel series written by Gaiman telling the story of how Morpheus, or "Dream," came to be captured at the beginning of the original series.
No target release window for Sandman's film adaptation has been mentioned by Warner Bros. yet.