Warner Bros. continues to pimp out its DC Comics adaptations, dishing out casting & crew hirings and adding films to their slate left and right, but not much has been said about the Vertigo properties in the past few months. At least not since WB moved all Vertigo titles over to their sister company, New Line Cinema. So what’s going on with the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring Sandman and others like it? David Goyer, executive producer of the aforementioned JGL effort, has finally given us an answer.
Speaking with Collider, Goyer chimed in to give an update on the project…
“We’re just about to do a new draft. All of the Vertigo properties ported over to New Line a few months ago. There was a decision from the higher-ups that New Line would focus on the Vertigo properties and Warner Bros would focus on the DC properties. So we’re just starting a re-write with a really fantastic writer that fans of your site will enjoy that’s coming aboard, but I can’t quite announce it yet.
I think that the Vertigo properties are a bit more quirky and off-center than kind of the mainstream superhero stuff at Warners. But I understand the decision because we’re not having to fight for release dates with the Vertigo stuff like we would have been having to do over at Warner Bros. But I feel confident that film will go into production hopefully next year.”
So there you have it! Sandman is currently eyeing a start date sometime in 2016, which means a 2017 (or 2018) release is likely in the cards. I’m guessing the latter, as 2017 is already potentially crowded with the likes of Wonder Woman, Justice League: Part One, and possibly Dark Universe (aka Justice League Dark) as well. Goyer might not think they need worry about room in the schedule now that they are away from Warner Bros. itself, but I’m not so certain.