Movie News: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Officially Attached to SANDMAN Adaptation

Written by Andrew Pollard Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Movie News

With a SANDMAN film having been rumoured for years, Deadline has confirmed that a movie adaption of Neil Gaiman’s iconic work might be finally happening. Not only that, the film has a star and director attached. Pulling double duty, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play the lead as well as taking the directorial reigns. David Goyer is currently developing a screenplay.

Initially said to be in advanced talks for the gig, Gordon-Levitt has taken to Twitter to confirm things. He said, “Ladies and gentleman, I’m incredibly honored to be working with David Goyer, Warner Bros, and @neilhimself on SANDMAN. #Prelude”

Launched in 1989 under DC’s Vertigo imprint, SANDMAN initially ran for 75 issues until 1996. The focal point of the story was Dream, one of the Endless, and his brothers and sisters; Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.  A strange, twisted tale of worlds within worlds, SANDMAN is generally seen as one of the greatest comic books of all time. It even holds the honour of being one of the few graphic novels to make it onto the New York Times Best Seller list. 

The fact that JGL used #Prelude would suggest that film may be based on SANDMAN’s first collection of tales, titled PRELUDE AND NOCTURNES. This sees Dream imprisoned on earth, escaping and looking to regain power. 

As for Gordon-Levitt, he popped his directorial cherry earlier this year with DON JON.

Expect more on this as it develops.

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0 #5 Andrew Marshall 2013-12-18 09:56
As much respect as I have for JGL as an actor, I don't think he's the right for for Morpheus.

Also, plot-wise Preludes and Nocturnes is a little ropey (even Gaiman himself said some of it now makes him cringe) and it wasn't until The Doll's House that the series properly found its footing. However, Morpheus' imprisonment at the start of P&N forms the foundation of his actions from then on, so it's not something you can skip over, although I do hope they remove the jarring cameos from DC characters. Despite all this, I'm tentatively optimistic about the project.

I imagine the adaptation will be envisioned as a series of films (seems to be the done thing these days) as there's no way you can properly tell the saga in a single sitting, no matter how much you cut out.
0 #4 Dwankie Dave 2013-12-18 07:17
Oh SHIT! Having just read the article again with less bleary eyes, I see JGL is directing and taking the lead.... no no no no no no NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.... this is bad bad bad!!!!!!!
0 #3 Dwankie Dave 2013-12-18 07:14
I can't decide how I feel about this. I guess it's all going to come down to the casting and hoping that "the suits" don't try and force any needless changes on the story.... and there is a LOT of story so I suppose a certain amount of creative editing is going to be involved (unless of course Peter Jackson comes onboard as director, in which case they can add some EXTRA story!). I shall be starting my "Benny Cumberbatch for Dream" campaign in the New Year.... unless anyone else has any better casting suggestions????
0 #2 Andrew Pollard 2013-12-17 23:01
Quoting Shauna:

Good "Wow" or bad "Wow"?
0 #1 Shauna 2013-12-17 14:21

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