Sandman is a comic book series written by novelist Neil Gaiman that is currently planned to be made into a film.
The series follows Dream, the titular Sandman, as he battles other entities such as Destiny, Death and Despair in the backdrop of modern-day America.
Adaptations of the book have been attempted since its release, with the latest attempt going through its own struggles.
Screenwriter Eric Heisserer, of The Thing and Nightmare on Elm Street fame, was due to be part of the process, but has now quit, claiming the book was too complex to be a movie.
Speaking in an interview, Heisserer said that Sandman would work better as a TV series due to its structure.
“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 leaving the project is just the latest of its many issues, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently leaving after he was tipped to star and direct.
Gordon-Levitt has since echoed the sentiment that the project would work better as a TV series.
Neil Gaiman’s other popular property, American Gods is being adapted for TV, with the first season due to air on US cable channel Starz next year.