Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics are finally coming to the big screen -- and whom does he want to star in the lead role?
Speaking to Radio Times, the American Gods author and writer of Doctor Who’s wonderful episode “The Doctor’s Wife” (among many, many other things) revealed the names of actors he wanted to see bring Dream -- also referred to as Morpheus (an abstract being who rules the domain of dreams) -- to life in the lead role.
“It's a funny thing with Morpheus. Again, it's that thing where you look around and think, 'Yes this person would be a fantastic person', and then time passes. There was a time Johnny Depp would've been a great Morpheus, but now he's too old and it's fine. I think the first time I saw Benedict was as Sherlock Holmes, I thought, 'wow, that's incredibly Morpheus'. And fans probably thought the same because they immediately started doing fan-art, meshing the two of them up.”
Benedict Cumberbatch may be off the market since he just nabbed the coveted role of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme Stephen Strange in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie, but no worries, because Gaiman already has a rather fantastic backup in mind, one who also sports some amazing cheekbones you could cut yourself on; oh, and he’s also a Marvel alum.
“Then again, Tom Hiddleston is still out there! And the truth is, as far as I'm concerned, anybody who sounds English with great cheekbones can probably pull it off.”
Throughout the late 1990s, a Sandman flick had been planned by Warner Bros., but the scripts were apparently pretty bad, with Sandman being written as more of a “pants and tights superhero film than with the cerebral tone of the comics.” In fact, Gaiman once described the last screenplay as being “not only the worst Sandman script I've ever seen, but quite easily the worst script I've ever read.”
Nearly two decades later Gaiman -- who has more input into the writing process this time around -- now seems pretty happy about his partnership with Man of Steel's David S. Goyer and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt as producers of the comic-book adaptation alongside Gaiman. The Fades' Jack Thorne was hired to pen the script.
“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.”
And how does he feel about how the script is going now?
“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.”
What do you guys think? Would you like to see Tom Hiddleston in the iconic role of Dream/Morpheus in Neil Gaiman’s upcoming Sandman movie?
(via Radio Times)