Things have been moving forward on ‘The Sandman‘ feature film adaptation ever since David S. Goyer (‘Batman Begins’,’Man of Steel‘) pitched the film to WB recently and more momentum happened when we found out that Joseph Gordon-Levitt (‘Inception’,‘The Dark Knight Rises’) was attached. Now the next important piece seems to be falling in place as they’ve just announced that Jack Thorne has been attached to pen the screenplay.
Thorne might not be too familiar of a name for many but he’s worked on two seperate series that might be just right up our ally on bringing Gaiman’s work to the big screen. His work on ‘Skins’ delved into sexuality, drug abuse, bullying, and death which all are subjects that would fit in line with ‘The Sandman’ series. On top of that, he wrote ‘The Fades‘ for BBC which had a six episode season and fits quite well with the idea of ‘The Sandman’ as it deals with an Angelic who had the ability to see and fight “Fades”. The show had a heavy lean on blurring the line between reality and fantasy which is exactly what you will need to do to bring Gaiman’s work to life.
Actually it’s fitting that Thorne is the scribe as he used Gaiman as an inspiration for ‘The Fades’:
“I was always slightly scared of it. I think you need a big idea. I was slightly scared of doing it because I didn’t want to let myself down, and be hated. It really mattered to me what you guys said, the sites that I check every day, it really mattered to me, and if I’d been the show that had been the show that was just slightly embarrassing I’d have been really upset. With sci-fi or fantasy, to get it wrong you just end up looking like a dickhead and I was very anxious for that not to happen.
I’m more of a fantasy novel than a comic book person, so it was more Susan Cooper and Neil Gaiman, those sorts of people. I read Alan Moore, but I haven’t read every edition of Spider-Man, so it’s much more those slightly Pagan worlds that Gaiman and Cooper inhabit that are more my kind of thing.”
While there is no information on which story line that will be adaptated for the film, it’s likely that the synopsis below is that the one that we’ll be following:
‘Preludes & Nocturnes’ Synopsis:
In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman.
Are you excited to hear about progress on ‘The Sandman’ moving forward? Do you think the fact that he is familiar with Gaiman’s work and used it as inspiration for a series he wrote means he’ the fan we need writing this? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Screen Rant.