Actor/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently took a few moments to chat with IGN about the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic book masterpiece, The Sandman, which he will be producing as a live-action film.
While he begged off giving any specifics at all — especially about whether he will be starring and/or directing, as well — Gordon-Levitt did explain what drew him to the material. And he said what I consider to be all the right things:
“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.”
And Gordon-Levitt cautions against reading too much into that Tweet that he hashtagged “Prelude.”
“I honestly just wrote that as sort of a pun, because this tweet was a prelude to who knows what’s to come. Obviously ‘Prelude’ is the title of the first issue, but… nothing is cemented yet. But there’s so much potential in that material. It’s exciting.”