We all love Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and if he makes the Sandman film a reality, then I'm personally writing to the head of every world religion in a bid to have him declared God.
There's been talk about Sandman as a movie since the back end of the 1990s. It's never come to much. It was even going to be a television miniseries once, then it wasn't.
The trouble has generally been the scripts. Neil Gaiman isn't known for shutting up for the sake of money. Ever since Warner Bros first picked up the rights, they've sent him one dodgy script after another for approval. He's not only laughed in their faces, but done so publicly, across his vast social networking, so no fan would touch the project with a bargepole.
Neil has quite blatantly said that '(I would) rather see no ‘Sandman’ movie made than a bad ‘Sandman’ movie.'
And frankly we all agree with him. Even now, with his delight finally palpable and a great buzz surrounding the prospective movie, I'm certain that I'm not alone in thinking, 'Oh! Please let it be Dark Knight Rising or V for Vendetta, and not Dragonball Z!'
On that score, things are looking good. Joseph Gordon-Levitt worked out his vision for the movie with David S. Goyer - the American scriptwriter behind Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
However, he won't be the one actually writing the script for Sandman. That honor falls upon Jack Thorne. He's a British scriptwriter, based in Bristol, largely known for producing hard-hitting stories for television shows - Skins, This is England and Shameless are amongst his credits. He won a BAFTA for Best Drama for The Fades.
Insofar as movies go, Jack Thorne was the man behind the dialogue in How I Live Now and Long Way Down. The key words then seem to be 'gritty realism' coupled with 'surreal drama'. Sounds about right then!
Unfortunately this constitutes pretty much all we know right now, other than Neil Gaiman has met with Joseph Gordon-Levitt to 'talk Sandman'. Nevertheless, things are looking good for it actually happening this time.