Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Sandman’ project hires screenwriter

'How I Live Now' writer Jack Thorne will work on script

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s film adaptation of Sandman has hired a new screenwriter.

As Deadline reports, How I Live Now writer Jack Thorne will work on the script for the project, which will give a big-screen telling of the DC Comics series from Neil Gaiman. The series recounts the tale of the titular Sandman, who rules the world of dreams but finds his empire in tatters after being imprisoned for 70 years. Previous film versions of Gaiman’s work include Coraline and Stardust.

Gordon-Levitt has signed on to produce the film and has also been linked with playing the main role. Speaking previously about the project, he said: “I love just the basic concept of it – just the concept of personifying Dream, along with all of his brothers and sisters, the seven Endless personifying Death, personifying Destruction and Delirium and Destiny and Desire and Despair.

“I mean, that’s just a fascinating and, I think, a really cinematic concept. You look at the art of Sandman, and it just looks spectacular,” he added. “I love big, spectacular movies, but oftentimes big, spectacular movies sort of get stuck in a rut. They go down certain paths that end in big explosions or whatever. Sandman has so much opportunity to do something that’s on a grand, grand scale, but really unlike your average big, grand-scale, spectacular movie. I guess that’s the tip of the iceberg.”

Gaiman and David S Goyer will also work as producers on the project. Gordon-Levitt made his directorial debut earlier this year with the film Don Jon and also wrote the film’s script, in addition to taking the lead role as Jon Martello, a body-conscious womaniser whose friends call him “Don Jon” because of his ability to score with the opposite sex.