David Goyer in talks for rumoured adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman
Adapting classic critically acclaimed comics for the screen is the in thing apparently as Badassdigest has announced that David Goyer has been in talks with Warner Bros about another long mooted adaptation, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.
They also imply Joseph Gordon-Levitt is involved.
MTV reports that Gaiman seems positive about the rumours and is quoted as saying
“What tended to happen a lot in the ’90s was the point where Warner [Bros.] would get relatively close to making a ‘Sandman’ movie, and then somebody would get realistic about the fact that the film would not be PG-13, and that it would be incredibly big and expensive, and it would never really be made or the sequence of films that you would need to make ‘Sandman’ would never get made. I think things like the ‘Dark Knight’ films kind of changed that, just how big and dark you could get.”
“When I used to go for meetings at Warner Bros., the top execs there didn’t know who or what ‘Sandman’ was, and they weren’t really interested, but the nervous juniors who would bring me the bottles of water when I arrived, and would get me to sign their comics on the way out — they knew. They are now running the studios.”
Neil Gaiman’s Sandman has long been held as one of the best examples of what can be achieved in sequential art and artist Dave McKean having previously illustrated Arkham Asylum became synonymous with Sandman after his memorable covers for the series and its collected editions and various spin offs.
With Alan Moore’s ‘unfilmable’ Watchmen now in the rear view mirror and the recently announced Preacher series coming from AMC it begs the question which classic comic property is going to be adapted next?