A film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed Sandman comic has been trapped in development hell for years, but actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is here to explain why he’s the man to finally get it off the ground.
The actor, likely best known to genre fans for recent roles in The Dark Knight Rises and Looper, has resurrected Sandman by signing on to produce the flick -- and he definitely knows his source material. Though he told IGN the project is still in its “very, very early days,” Gordon-Levitt noted the comic canon has “so much potential” for the big screen.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
“Well, I love just the basic concept of it - just the concept of personifying Dream, along with all of his brothers and sisters, the seven Endless personifying Death, personifying Destruction and Delirium and Destiny and Desire and Despair. I mean, that's just a fascinating and, I think, a really cinematic concept. You look at the art of Sandman, and it just looks spectacular. I love big, spectacular movies, but oftentimes big, spectacular movies sort of get stuck in a rut. They go down certain paths that end in big explosions or whatever. Sandman has so much opportunity to do something that's on a grand, grand scale, but really unlike your average big, grand-scale, spectacular movie. I guess that's the tip of the iceberg.”
We still don’t know much about what Gordon-Levitt’s film will look like (or whether he’ll star in the film or cast another actor in the role), but he did recently drop a nice hint. Around the time the project was announced, Gordon-Levitt keenly dropped the word “prelude” into a tweet, referencing the first issue of the comic.
Though he brushed it off as “sort of a pun,” he eventually admitted that it was certainly possible that the film could be at least partially based on that issue —but prefaced that “nothing is cemented yet.” The initial Preludes & Nocturnes collection of the comic covers the “More than Rubies” arc, for those keeping score.
What do you think about Gordon-Levitt taking the reins? Is he the right man for the job?