Joseph Gordon-Levitt Provides SANDMAN Update; Says He’s Working on the Script with Neil Gaiman and David S. Goyer

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Between his hitRECord series, burgeoning directorial career, and flourishing acting career, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has proven himself to be an excellent multi-tasker.  He recently wrapped the starring role in director Robert Zemeckis’ 3D drama The Walk, but he’s also still very much developing an adaptation of the beloved Neil Gaiman comic Sandman.  Gordon-Levitt is attached to produce and direct the film based on a pitch by Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer, and last we heard How I Live Now scribe Jack Thorne had been tapped to pen the script.

While Gordon-Levitt is plenty busy with his various other projects, he recently provided a status update on Sandman, saying he and his team are still working on putting together the script.  Read what he had to say after the jump.

sandman-neil-gaimanSpeaking with Moviefone, Gordon-Levitt said Sandman is still in the early stages:

“Right now we’re working on a script. It’s me and Goyer and the screenwriter and Neil Gaiman, as well as the good folks at DC and Warner Bros. It’s a really cool team of people. It’s a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan Batman movies. It’s really exciting. There’s not a script yet, we’re still kind of working it out because it’s such a complicated adaptation because Sandman wasn’t written as novels. Sin City was written as a novel. Sandman is 75 episodic issues. There’s a reason people have been trying and failing to adapt Sandman for the past 20 years.”

When pressed if he’d be the one to finally make it happen, Gordon-Levitt sounded optimistic:

“You know, we’re still in the middle of it, so I don’t want to make any claims, but I think we’ve got the right ideas.”

The actor also confirmed that they are very much thinking about the Sandman universe as a whole, adding, “We’re definitely talking about [it] in terms of a whole world.” Warner Bros. would no doubt like to launch a franchise with the first Sandman movie, so hopefully Gordon-Levitt, Thorne, and Goyer can crack this thing.

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  • chris

    Claws off, Goyer. Disappointing news.

  • Nightwing87

    Goyer sucks!!

  • D

    Booo. Hopefully this project will die in development. Don Jon was a deeply flawed film that in no way suggested Gordon-Levitt is remotely capable of adapting something as complex as Sandman. Not that anyone should be adapting it, it’s one of those things that’s just kind of already in the perfect medium, it’s exactly not crying out to be crunched down into several hours of video. That said, if it has to happen, JGL still seems like one of the least-qualified filmmakers to develop it.

    • Dan

      I feel like it could work as an animated series on HBO.

      • illipsis

        I actually really like the idea of the Sandman being done as an animated feature, never really considered that before. Television would definitely be a preferable medium as well given the scope and complexity of the narrative.

      • illipsis

        I actually really like the idea of the Sandman being done as an animated feature, never really considered that before. Television would definitely be a preferable medium as well given the scope and complexity of the narrative.

    • bb

      Don Jon was one of the most interesting and sincere films on the subject of media culture, gender and relationships in a long time. And as a piece of filmmaking, it was inventive and energetic, utilizing all aspects of the medium to tell the story (the photography, the music, the sets, the acting style, etc.).

      Also taking into account his work with his production company hitRECord, Gordon-Levitt is an original on either side of the camera, with a great eye and a creative mind. That’s exactly the kind of person I’d want for Sandman.

      But he would be the first to acknowledge that it takes a strong team to make a good film, so let’s not forget BAFTA-winning Jack Thorne is screenwriting and Neil Gaiman himself is involved, as well. I’m optimistic and very excited.

  • Dan

    Dave McKean needs to be involved with this as well.

  • CJ

    The Elliot/Rossio script was about as close as anyone could come to making a satisfying feature from this material.

  • CJ

    The Elliot/Rossio script was about as close as anyone could come to making a satisfying feature from this material.

  • Gen

    GET RID OF GOYER PLEASE!

  • Gen

    GET RID OF GOYER PLEASE!

  • bidi

    at least Gaiman is involved

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