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Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” to be Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to direct Neil Gaiman's Sandman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt to direct Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

Light has finally been shed regarding the upcoming film based on Neil Gaiman‘s supernatural hit series “Sandman.”  Though we heard this past October that Warner Bros. (DC Comics’ parent company) had chosen Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Constantine) and Gaiman to produce the feature. However, that has been pretty much all we have heard about it… until now!

At this past weekend’s Spike TV’s Guy’s Choice Awards,  Joseph Gordon-Levitt divulged some info regarding “Sandman,” a film that has the actor producing, directing and possibly starring.

“It’s really good, man. It’s slow but steady. It’s a really complicated adaptation because those comics, they’re brilliant. But they’re not written as a whole. It’s not like Watchmen, which is a graphic novel that has a beginning, middle, and end.” 

“Sandman was written over the course of whatever — I forget exactly, six or seven years. One at a time. One little 20-page issue at a time. And to try to take that and make it into something that’s a feature film — a movie that has a beginning, middle, and end — is complicated. I’m feeling really good about it, but it is a process, so please be patient.”

Gordon-Levitt added, “Big spectacular action movies are generally about crime fighters fighting crime and blowing sh-t up. This has nothing to do with that. And it was actually one of the things that Neil Gaiman said to me, he said ‘Don’t have any punching.’ Because he never does. If you read the comics, Morpheus doesn’t punch anybody. That’s not what he does. It’s going to be like a grand spectacular action film, but that relies on none of those same old ordinary clichés. So, that’s why it’s taking a lot time to write, but it’s going to be really good.”

Sandman Pic 2

 

Gaiman’s “Sandman,” distributed by Vertigo Comics (DC’s imprint brand), ran for 75 issues between 1989 to 1996.  The story features Dream, or more commonly referred to as Morpheus, who rules over the domain of dreams.  A film adaptation has been planned for nearly 20 years, and now fans will finally get to see the Dream King on the big screen.

Sandman creator and film producer Neil Gaiman
Sandman creator and film producer Neil Gaiman

Series creator Gaiman has even spoken regarding his masterpiece-turned-film…

“I really am [glad to have more input]. My position on it has always been, for over 25 years now, I would rather see no Sandman movie than a bad Sandman movie. A couple of times, people say, ‘It’s a crime there’s never been a Sandman movie’, and a couple of times, to be honest, I have thrown my body in front of a bus on a couple of bad ones over the years. I’m just happy that no bad Sandman movie has ever been made. But I’m really hoping that a good one will be. They’re a good team. And with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in charge, his instincts are good and he loves the material. He wants it to be true to the material.”

Last December, Gaiman was asked how the script was coming along to which he responded, “Every now and then, I’ll come in and last time I was in was earlier this year spending a day in a hotel room with Joe, and going over everything and answering questions with him and so on and so forth. So they’ve written a script. I got a phone call about two, three weeks ago from Joe and David saying, ‘Jack did a script, we read it, we want some things done to it. We want you to see it, but not this version. The next version will be in three weeks and then you’ll be the first person to see it.’ So I am now a week before seeing the script. It’s going to come in just before Christmas. I’m nervous, I’m on tenterhooks. But do I have good feelings? Yeah I do.”

Sandman Comic

Joseph Gordon-Levitt added:

“Big spectacular action movies are generally about crime fighters fighting crime and blowing sh-t up. This has nothing to do with that and it was actually one of the things that Neil Gaiman said to me, he said ‘Don’t have him punch anybody.’ Because he never does. If you read the comics, Morpheus doesn’t punch anybody. That’s not what he does. It’s going to be like a grand spectacular action film, but that relies on none of those same old ordinary clichés. So, that’s why it’s taking a lot time to write, but it’s going to be really good.”

Gordon-Levitt spoke with MTV

No date has been announced for the film’s release.  It wasn’t included in the list of films DC will be putting out because Sandman will come from Vertigo and their plan for film releases.

Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's senior editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. He is a big lover of coffee, cats, cooking and comics (plus all things Green Lantern). He is a strong supporter of indie comics, creators, and publishers and Chris Hardwick is his spirit animal (we don't know how to respond to that). Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett

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