Joseph Gordon-Levitt Briefly Talks About The SANDMAN Movie

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sandmanLast month it was revealed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had signed on to produce and possibly star and direct an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman from a script by David Goyer. There have been numerous attempts at making Sandman into a film over the years, but it sounded like this one may just be the one that actually makes it. With Gordon-Levitt signed on to produce (and maybe play Morpheus), it definitely seems to already have a better chance than the other attempts. In a new interview today with IGN, the actor gives a brief update on the film and talks about what drew him to the project.

gordon levittGordon-Levitt says that the film is currently in “very, very early days” and that it’s too early to say whether he would star or direct the film, but he’s a big fan of Gaiman’s series. The scale of the story and just its general concept is something that resonated with the actor. The amazing art from the original series didn’t hurt when imaging it as a film either:

Well, I love just the basic concept of it – just the concept of personifying Dream, along with all of his brothers and sisters, the seven Endless personifying Death, personifying Destruction and Delirium and Destiny and Desire and Despair. I mean, that’s just a fascinating and, I think, a really cinematic concept. You look at the art of Sandman, and it just looks spectacular. I love big, spectacular movies, but oftentimes big, spectacular movies sort of get stuck in a rut. They go down certain paths that end in big explosions or whatever. Sandman has so much opportunity to do something that’s on a grand, grand scale, but really unlike your average big, grand-scale, spectacular movie. I guess that’s the tip of the iceberg.

Since Sandman does have such a rabid fanbase, the actor’s tweet using the hashtag “Prelude” made some think Gordon-Levitt gave a hint about the movie. That’s not really the case because he “honestly just wrote that as sort of a pun, because this tweet was a prelude to who knows what’s to come. Obviously “Prelude” is the title of the first issue, but… Yeah, nothing is cemented yet. But there’s so much potential in that material. It’s exciting.” So it’s early days for Sandman but the wheels are definitely moving. Gordon-Levitt is usually pretty open about his projects, so when there’s some solid movement on the project I’m sure he’ll clue fans in. What do you think about the actor’s comments? Would you like to see him star or just oversee and direct things?

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