Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Sandman Movie Has A New Writer

The Joseph Gordon-Levitt-directed adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comics for New Line has a landed new writer with a lot of horror movies on his CV working.


Eric Heisserer has worked on the remakes of A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing, as well Final Destination 5 and the upcoming The Conjuring 2 and Lights Out. He also provided the script for The Story Of Your Life, the sequel to Sicario.

As well as directing, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is is also starring in the film, which New Line hopes will go to a trilogy. The film’s original script was by Jack Thorne (The Fades, This Is England, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child).

Written by Neil Gaiman The Sandman comic ran for 75 issues and helped launch DC’s Vertigo imprint. A gothtastic fantasy it centres on Dream, aka Morpheus, aka the Sandman, who is one of the seven Endless, the others being Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium and Destruction.

Gordon-Levitt has previously warned fans that the film version will be taking liberties with the property: “We’re having to do a certain amount of invention, and in between that, there’s tons of re-appropriating, re-contextualising, combining, consolidating, and all manner of things that literalists might not like… But what we try to be completely faithful about is the overall sentiment: that dreams and stories and magic are actually all the same thing, and that they’re real, and that they’re powerful.”


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