Neil Gaiman updates on 'Sandman' movie: Still a thing that is happening

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One of the most high-profile projects not mentioned in last week's announcement/braindump of DC Comics-based movies was The Sandman, based on the long-running Neil Gaiman comic. The fantasy film based around the exploits of Morpheus — the Lord of Dreams, not Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix — was announced last December with David Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to produce.

Fans questioned Gaiman about its omission, and the author answered one of them on his Tumblr:

"It’s not a DC Comics film. It’s a Vertigo film. That’s a different slate of films, and a different announcement."

For the uninitiated, while DC is the home of Batman, Superman and other superheroes, Vertigo is DC's adult imprint that veers more toward fantasy, horror and sci-fi. Plus, it's also where Hollywood is shifting its sights in the current golden age of comic-to-screen properties, especially in the TV realm: The CW's iZombie, which will premiere midseason, is based on a Vertigo book, as is Preacher, Seth Rogen's upcoming AMC project about a Texas holy man on a literal search for God.