We could finally get a Sandman film soon, but how does the writer of the iconic comic series feel about that?
Neil Gaiman has watched one creative team or another try to get a film (or TV) adaptation of his beloved comic-book series rolling for the better part of two decades, and in that time he's seen script after script (including some he very publicly disliked) and producer after producer fall by the wayside. Things seem to be looking up in the Sandman movie department these days, though. Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently teamed up with producer and Man of Steel writer David Goyer to start work on a film based on the comic, and the project's already snagged an acclaimed screenwriter in Jack Thorne (The Fades). The combined clout of Gordon-Levitt and Goyer might finally be enough to bring this project to the screen, whether the adaptation is one fans will get behind or not. But what does Gaiman himself think?
The Sandman and American Gods author made an appearance at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose last weekend to accept the festival's Maverick Spirit Award. During a fan Q&A that followed, he was asked about the Sandman film, and his first reaction was caution.
"There was a saying when I was a kid in Sussex: 'I've lived too near the woods too long to be frightened by an owl,'" Gaiman said. "Right now there is exciting Sandman stuff happening, but I can't help thinking that I've been here before --"
As Gaiman went on, though, he seemed a bit more optimistic about the talent involved in the project, and even noted that he's set to meet with Gordon-Levitt soon.
"Joseph Gordon-Levitt, of all people, is an enormous Sandman fan. He and David Goyer talked about it, they've come up, I believe, with a treatment of what they want the story of the first movie to be," Gaiman said. "They are talking to an incredible writer [Jack Thorne], who I coincidentally already knew, because he did the movie script for The Ocean at the End of the Lane, so I've met him and loved his treatment of my work. And Wednesday afternoon I will be spending with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and talking Sandman! That's pretty much everything I know. Now you know as much as I know."
So, while we don't know yet just how much Gaiman will be involved in this particular attempt at a Sandman movie, or if he'll even approve of the eventual story, he is interested enough to talk about it. That's not a lot at this early stage, but it is at least somewhat encouraging. Even if Gaiman is happy with the direction of the project, though, we've been burned by Sandman news before, so until film rolls on this thing, we'll just have to keep wondering if the Lord of Dreams will finally make it to the big screen this time.