New Line’s adaptation of the Neil Gaiman’s story Sandman, has hit another roadblock, as another screenwriter has left the project. Eric Heisserer, who stepped in after Joseph Gordon-Levitt left the project for his own reasons of “creative differences, ” told io9 that he feels like the character and story would be better suited as a HBO series or limited series akin to a miniseries.
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!
Eric Heisserer also mentions that his inclusion was not the reason Joseph Gordon-Levitt left the project as it might have seemed to some people. But he does mention the two of them did agree on the opinion that Sandman needs to have a TV Format.