David S. Goyer Reportedly Pitching a SANDMAN Movie to Warner Bros. with Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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An adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic series Sandman has been through various stages of development over the years, but it appears that things might be heating up on a feature film iteration at Warner Bros.  The comic, which first launched in 1989, revolves around Morpheus (aka Dream) who is the personification of dreams.  Initially captured by a cult ritual and held captive for 70 years, Dream is released in modern day to find his kingdom in disrepair.  A new report claims that Warner Bros. has become taken with pitch for a Sandman movie by Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer, with none other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt mentioned in connection with the lead role.  Hit the jump for more.

joseph-gordon-levitt-sandman-movieThe folks over at Badass Digest are hearing that Goyer has pitched a version of Sandman to WB that the studio is “very receptive” to.  Moreover, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is apparently involved in the potential project, most likely as the actor who will portray Morpheus.  The report stresses that this is very early days and the project may never come to fruition, but WB is high on Goyer as their current go-to screenwriter for all things DC Comics and has been trying to get Gordon-Levitt to lead one of their franchise properties for some time.

Again, there’s no telling what will become of this potential Sandman idea, but it’s interesting to see Goyer branching out from the superhero world.  He’s no doubt looking to cash in some of the goodwill from Man of Steel (and Batman vs. Superman, presumably) to get something a little different off the ground, and that something different might just be Sandman.

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  • scheebles

    Goyer… hmmm. I have mixed feelings on this. Love the idea of JGL broadening his horizons for the role. I have a feeling Goyer would want to stay true to the tone of Sandman… but WB probably wants an action film…

  • Kevin

    I will not watch anything Sandman related. I’ll stick with the books, thank you very much.

  • AlexTheKaiser

    I like JGL, but I wish he stopped acting in everything.

    • annejumps

      Question is, do you mean the roles he’s actually played, or the many rumors where his name is floated for buzz purposes (which aren’t really all his fault)?

    • CP

      I’m not sure what you mean. Only in 2012 was he prolific, appearing in 4 films in the same year, but the timing of their release is something he has no control over. Look at his slate now. He has nothing new announced yet unlike his peers Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, etc., so I wouldn’t say he’s in everything.

      Bottom line for me is he’s a fantastic actor and I’m eager to see him in more movies soon.

  • Archer

    This would be much better suited as an HBO show, like the treatment American Gods is going to get. Goyer should really distance himself from anything related to a beloved property, because he just likes to destroy everything he touches.

    I like JGL, but I don’t think Dream is for him.

    • feloniousmax

      American Gods is no longer going to be an HBO series, Gaiman announced on reddit. I’m thinking Netflix.

  • bill

    i’d also rather this be a cable tv series. the production value and quality has improved greatly. the format is free of the compromises to fit 2-2.5 hrs and the need for A-list actors. a film is not where this series is best served

  • Miles Jones

    with goyer writing, no chance ill watch it

  • Miles Jones

    with goyer writing, no chance ill watch it

  • God’s Diamond

    No to goyer, and I like jgl but not for sandman. Benedict cumberbatch would be perfect

    • axalon

      For the love of god can we PLEASE get someone that’s not Goyer to work on these projects for Warner Bros? There has to be dozens of talented writers just waiting for a shot.

    • axalon

      For the love of god can we PLEASE get someone that’s not Goyer to work on these projects for Warner Bros? There has to be dozens of talented writers just waiting for a shot.

    • The Flobbit

      Benedict Cumberbatch or Ben Whishaw would be PERFECT, agreed.

    • The Flobbit

      Benedict Cumberbatch or Ben Whishaw would be PERFECT, agreed.

  • God’s Diamond

    No to goyer, and I like jgl but not for sandman. Benedict cumberbatch would be perfect

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  • GrimReaper07

    With Goyer writing the script I’m very skeptical about it turning out decent.

  • GrimReaper07

    With Goyer writing the script I’m very skeptical about it turning out decent.

  • Alexander

    Love JGL, but not for this.
    Also, I think that the century-spanning story would be a little bit to much for movie.
    I want to see Sandman done right ( and I’m sure I’m not alone in this); maybe as a replacement after True Blood ended on HBO next Summer

  • Alexander

    Love JGL, but not for this.
    Also, I think that the century-spanning story would be a little bit to much for movie.
    I want to see Sandman done right ( and I’m sure I’m not alone in this); maybe as a replacement after True Blood ended on HBO next Summer

  • Nomis1700

    I can totally picture Stephen Moyer as the Sandman!

    • feloniousmax

      He’s definitely got the look, but he’s a ham.

      • Nomis1700

        He’s a ham? Sorry, English isn’t my first language.

      • feloniousmax

        He overacts.

  • Nomis1700

    I can totally picture Stephen Moyer as the Sandman!

  • asdg

    No, no no no no no no. There are some things sacred and you cannot put Sandman into a movie format and it be successful. There is too much to cover. It would have to either be a very well produced show, or one terribly long movie. And JGL needs to stop being the choice for everything. He is terribly overrated as an actor. That and I can never see him as Dream because I will only be able to see guido Don Jon in his face.

    • me

      Have you watched more than one of his movies? He transforms into very different people with every role–50/50, Hesher, The Lookout, Mysterious Skin, 500 Days of Summer–yet he always delivers. I’d love to see him as Dream.

      • Al Sy

        Yeah Hesher was totally good
        I believe He can deliver
        but Keanu Reeves would be good aesthetic wise and He got the natural act going on with his introspective and tragic life

  • Why?

    Caleb Landry Jones (Antiviral, X Men: First Class) for Morpheus.

  • Archer

    I understand that some feel that he’s currently overexposed in the marketplace, but Cumberbatch would make a fine Dream. But that’s just name dropping a popular actor. However this comes to the screen, whether on TV or in film, I would totally be on board for a relatively unknown if he can really nail the part.

  • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

    Wonderful. Since David Goyer is involved, is it safe to assume that – if this project comes to fruition, which I hope it doesn’t – that Sandman will start murdering people, and do all sorts of things that are particularly out of character for him?

    • Strong Enough

      You do realize superman has killed before right? But you wouldn’t because you’re not a fan of comics to begin with. if you were you wouldn’t be bitching online like a little girl. get over it

      • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

        You need to work on that fixation with little girls. Not only isn’t it healthy, it’s illegal in most states.

        That being said, since you like to talk about stuff you clearly know little about: Show my ONE instance where Superman – other than Man of Steel – let’s thousands die when he could have at least tried to stop it.

        I am giving you a bit of leeway here – possibly because I underestimate you so much – for ONE instance where there’s massive death that Superman does nothing about.

        You can go back to – on second thought, don’t go back to the little girls:)

      • Strong Enough

        Thousands die? LMAO where the fuck did that happen? if you mean when Zod and superman where fighting no one even fucking died. you’re just assuming someone got killed you idiot! lol thats so stupid to even assume

      • Strong Enough

        Thousands die? LMAO where the fuck did that happen? if you mean when Zod and superman where fighting no one even fucking died. you’re just assuming someone got killed you idiot! lol thats so stupid to even assume

      • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

        You need to work on that fixation with little girls. Not only isn’t it healthy, it’s illegal in most states.

        That being said, since you like to talk about stuff you clearly know little about: Show my ONE instance where Superman – other than Man of Steel – let’s thousands die when he could have at least tried to stop it.

        I am giving you a bit of leeway here – possibly because I underestimate you so much – for ONE instance where there’s massive death that Superman does nothing about.

        You can go back to – on second thought, don’t go back to the little girls:)

  • The Flobbit

    Please, just no. There are so many things wrong with this picture.

    - First, Sandman needs to be a TV series, say a six-season HBO or BBC drama. This will allow it to fully get into the dark, rich, beautiful mythology of Morpheus.
    - Second, Neil Gaiman needs to have some creative say in it, whether it is executive producing, writing screenplays, directing a few episodes, or only just consulting.
    - Third, get someone like Guillermo Del Toro on board to direct the pilot. As shown by House of Cards and Agents of SHIELD (and also The Blacklist, Doctor Who, and more) TV shows need someone famous to direct the pilot to give the show weight and publicity.
    - Fourth, cast someone British, PLEASE. Benedict Cumberbatch would be fantastic, though you could argue he is overused at this point. Fine, Ben Whishaw is a criminally underrated, electrifying actor that would slay the role of Morpheus.
    - Fifth, do NOT shy away. From anything. Stick in all the violence, all the demons, all the dreams and death. Make it dark. Make it scary. Do not compromise Gaiman’s vision.
    - Sixth, put in the subtle tie-ins to Gotham, the Justice League, and the rest of the DC Canon. Also, get in Constantine so that you can build up to a sister (brother?) TV show and on and on to a Justice League Dark show or movie.

    Don’t f-ck this up, people.

  • The Flobbit

    Please, just no. There are so many things wrong with this picture.

    - First, Sandman needs to be a TV series, say a six-season HBO or BBC drama. This will allow it to fully get into the dark, rich, beautiful mythology of Morpheus.
    - Second, Neil Gaiman needs to have some creative say in it, whether it is executive producing, writing screenplays, directing a few episodes, or only just consulting.
    - Third, get someone like Guillermo Del Toro on board to direct the pilot. As shown by House of Cards and Agents of SHIELD (and also The Blacklist, Doctor Who, and more) TV shows need someone famous to direct the pilot to give the show weight and publicity.
    - Fourth, cast someone British, PLEASE. Benedict Cumberbatch would be fantastic, though you could argue he is overused at this point. Fine, Ben Whishaw is a criminally underrated, electrifying actor that would slay the role of Morpheus.
    - Fifth, do NOT shy away. From anything. Stick in all the violence, all the demons, all the dreams and death. Make it dark. Make it scary. Do not compromise Gaiman’s vision.
    - Sixth, put in the subtle tie-ins to Gotham, the Justice League, and the rest of the DC Canon. Also, get in Constantine so that you can build up to a sister (brother?) TV show and on and on to a Justice League Dark show or movie.

    Don’t f-ck this up, people.

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  • Al Sy

    Keanu Fucking Reeves as Morpheus and/or Elric of Melnibone

  • Al Sy

    And Pls Let Terry Gilliam and Neil Gaiman write and direct it

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