Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
The 2014 Christmas Gift Guide
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
The Teaser Trailer For Star Wars: The Force Awakens Arrives
Time to wake up...
The First Full Trailer For Shaun The Sheep The Movie
Shaun: Sheep In The City
Podcast #139: Hugh Bonneville, The Horrible Bosses Boys
(That's Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, by the way)
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
16 November 2014
Shailene Woodley In Talks For Oliver Stone's Latest
She may star with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the Edward Snowden film
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Don Jon (2013)
Empire Star Rating
How I Live Now (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Man Of Steel (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Looper (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Jack Thorne Set To Write Sandman
For Warner Bros. & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

26 February 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Jack-Thorne-Set-To-Write-Sandman

As Warner Bros. continues its efforts to get Neil Gaiman’s Sandman stories on to the big screen, the project has taken a step forward, with Skins and How I Live Now man Jack Thorne hired to write the script.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is aboard to produce the film and potentially both star in and direct, though he has yet to make a decision about the latter two jobs. Thorne, meanwhile, will be working from a pitch by Dark Knight trilogy/Man Of Steel co-writer David Goyer, the go-to man for most DC properties these days.

Sandman, for those poor deprived souls who are yet to read it, is a 75-issue DC/Vertigo comics series published in the 1990s. Gaiman's own one-line synopsis was: "The lord of dreams learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision," but there's obviously a lot more to it than that, with the sprawling series taking in pantheons and mythologies from across the globe via threads about fantastical quests, serial killers, road trips, and short stories only tangentially connected to the core narrative.

Filmmakers have been trying to get this one made for years, with various versions flaring briefly before quietly fizzling out into the rumour void. Most recently, Supernatural creator Eric Kripke floated a TV adaptation.

The big sticking point has been the complex nature of the narrative. It’s extremely hard to distill the Sandman mythos down into the sort of structure used by movies and you’d need more than one to do it justice. While we’re sure Warners would be overjoyed to launch another franchise, the challenge for all involved will be first making one film that satisfies the Sandfans.

Thorne, who also wrote TV’s The Fades and This Is England ’88, has Nick Hornby adaptation A Long Way Down headed into UK cinemas on March 21.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Kate Beckinsale Joins Absolutely Anything
She's on for Terry Jones' alien comedy
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

Great News
I adore Sandman. I absolutely loved The Fades, too, and was bitterly disappointed that it didn't get a second series (in place, the BBC made a fifth of Being Human which was unnecessary). More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 21:53 on 26 February 2014 | Report This Post

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

6 issues for £20 plus free Gourmet Society Membership worth £69.95!
Get 6 months of Empire for just £20 and not only receive the world's greatest movie magazine and exclusive subscriber covers but you'll also receive up to 50% off restaurants nationwide and more with a free Gourmet Society Membership worth £64.99!Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Watch Now: The Teaser Trailer For Star Wars: The Force Awakens Arrives
Your first glimpse of JJ Abrams' tour de Force

Director Paul King On Paddington, The BBFC And The Possibilty Of A Sequel
Exclusive: Empire sits down with the man behind the year’s nicest surprise

Empire's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Spoiler Podcast
Featuring the director, Francis Lawrence

Empire's Jurassic World Trailer Tour
Updated: Director Colin Trevorrow guides us through the first trailer

Vote Now: The Jameson Empire Awards 2015
Tell us your favourite films and stars of the year

The Gift Guide 2014: 50 Must-Have Items This Christmas
Box sets, hardware, clothing, books and stocking fillers to buy

Empire's Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies Covers
Five armies. Five covers. The eagles, dwarves, elves, men and orcs prepare for battle in our Peter Jackon guest-edited issue

Subscribe to Empire magazine
6 issues for £20 plus free Gourmet Society Membership worth £69.95!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)