Busy genre screenwriter Eric Heisserer has quit New Line's Sandman adaptation, reports io9. The split goes beyond the normal "creative differences" but down to the fact that Heisserer thinks Sandman deserves to be a television series, not a movie.
"I had many conversations with Neil [Gaiman] on this, and I did a lot of work on the feature and came to the conclusion that the best version of this property exists as an HBO series or limited series, not as a feature film, not even as a trilogy," Heisserer told io9. "The structure of the feature film really doesn’t mesh with this. So I went back and said here’s the work that I’ve done. This isn’t where it should be. It needs to go to TV. So I talked myself out of a job!"
Heisserer was hired after Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who had been pencilled in to direct and star in the film, dropped out of the film.