The film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s magnum opus “Sandman” hit a major stumbling block this year. It began back in March when its attached star and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt bowed out.
At the time, Eric Heisserer (“Arrival,” “Lights Out”) was hired to tackle the project. Now, he tells io9 that he’s dropped out of the film because the Neil Gaiman comic would be better suited as a TV show and he couldn’t see eye to eye with the studio:
“I had many conversations with Neil Gaiman on this, and I did a lot of work on the feature and came to the conclusion that the best version of this property exists as an HBO series or limited series, not as a feature film, not even as a trilogy.
The structure of the feature film really doesn’t mesh with this. So I went back and said here’s the work that I’ve done. This isn’t where it should be. It needs to go to TV. So I talked myself out of a job!”
Heisserer says he and Gordon-Levitt had similar ideas about the direction a Sandman movie should go in. As of now no replacement for either Gordon-Levitt or Heisserer has been set.