It hasn’t been a great week for comic book movie staffing. Bleeding Cool reported Tuesday that The Flash director Rick Famuyima has left the production, potentially delaying the movie’s release. Today, we reported on Deadpool composer Junkie XL leaving the sequel in the wake of director Tim Miller’s earlier departure. Now we have news of Sandman screenwriter Eric Heisserer leaving that movie, echoing many fans’ belief that it would work much better as a TV show. From a statement given to the website io9:
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!
According to io9, Heisserer also revealed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, originally slated to direct and possibly star in the film, actually left the production seven months before making his departure public. At the time, Levitt cited the change in management from Warner Bros to New Line Cinema for all Vertigo movies as his reason for leaving. Heisserer isn’t the first screenwriter to depart the beleaguered production; original writer and character from a fairy tale Jack Thorne was replaced by Heisserer in October 2015.