UPDATED: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Finalizing Deal to Star In & Direct SANDMAN Adaptation
Last month, we had a rumor surface that The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in talks to take part in an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. In that original story, which you can read HERE, it was reported that Levitt would take on the lead role of Morpheus. This news is actually true as the actor is in final talks to take on that role. However, there is more to this than we initially though, as the hot commodity is actually working a deal that would place him as both a producer and the director of the project.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is finalizing a deal to produce Sandman at Warner Bros with David Goyer, who pitch his treatment for the Neil Gaiman comic book classic. It has been rumored that Gordon-Levitt might star, and the deal he’s making attaches him as the protagonist. I’m told that in addition to that, he’s eyeing the project as a directing vehicle.
As stated, the pitch came from the newest DC Comics and Warner Brothers go-to guy David Goyer. This is not the first attempt at getting the character into a film, as several writers have made an attempt, but all of them were shot down. Supernatural creator Eric Kripke even made an attempt to create a television series from the character, but it too was denied.
Many fans have been asking for an adaption of the Gaiman character and is usually at the top of everyone’s list of must-sees. Some describe the character as dark and creepy, which seems to be a thing now. It’d be like combining Harry Potter and Batman with a touch of Tim Burton. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s recent directorial debut Don Jon proved to be a big hit, but it was a much smaller film. Should this move forward, and it likely will, this would be a film of much bigger scale for JGL, possibly a stepping stone to bigger franchise films. Levitt can be seen in the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Bit of an update tonight. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has confirmed via his Twitter account that he will be working with Neil Gaiman and David Goyer on the Sandman project. You can see that bit of news below. This seems to be rather polarizing news, but at least you know the project is in the hands of an actor with talent. If done right, this has some hug potential, but it won’t be easy.
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) December 17, 2013
Source : Deadline