Neil Gaiman's classic comic book series Sandman may be heading to the big screen with screenwriter David S. Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Sources indicate that the Man of Steel writer recently pitched his take on Sandman to Warner Bros., with DC Entertainment's Geoff Johns reportedly receptive to his version.
While there are questions about whether Joseph Gordon-Levitt is involved as an actor or possibly a producer or director, it is believed that he is being eyed to play Morpheus, who represents Dreams in a family known as The Endless, comprised of siblings who represent other aspects of life such as Death, Delirium, Desire, Destruction, Despair and Destiny. The first story line in the comic book follows Morpheus being kidnapped by a magician.
The comic book debuted in 1989, running for 75 issues before being sold as a 10-volume trade paperback and five-volume hardcover graphic novel editions. To this day, Sandman is still one of the few graphic novels to make it on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Nothing has been confirmed by Warner Bros. at this time, and it is said that Sandman is in very early stages. The property had previously been in development several years ago with Roger Avary attached to direct from a script by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. Jonah Hex writer William Farmer also turned in a poorly-received script and, back in 2010, Supernatural creator Eric Kripke was developing a TV version that never came to fruition.