Sandman Taps Horror Writer To Pen Screenplay


Via The Hollywood Reporter, we have news that horror scribe Eric Heisserer is in negotiations to rewrite the latest iteration of Sandman — a comic adaptation from DC imprint Vertigo.  The film has Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to direct and star.

Created by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman is a story about main character Dream, who is also known as Morpheus — one of the seven Endless.  The other Endless are Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, and Destruction.  The series gained critical acclaim and was known for its use of anthropomorphic personification of metaphysical entities along with a blending of mythology, history, and horror.  Lasting 75 issues from January 1989 to March 1996, the series ended when Gaiman left Vertigo.

Eric Heisserer started his career in 2005 with the sale of The Dionaea House.  He later developed an original television pilot for Paramount Picture and CBS, and worked on feature projects for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Warner Bros.  In 2008, he was hired to rewrite a screenplay for the reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street which later starred Jackie Earle Haley in the role of Freddy Krueger.  He later rewrote the prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982).  In 2010, he signed on to write Final Destination 5.  Heisserer also co-wrote, along with brothers Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, The Conjuring 2.

No start production date for Sandman has been set or planned.  As of now, the only person attached to the project is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.