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.”
People have been trying to make a live-action movie based on acclaimed comics god Neil Gaiman’s influential Sandman series for literally decades, but no one has been able to crack the script problem: There’s just too much magic and drama and whimsy and terror and poetry to fit into a two-hour movie.
Well, as of today, actor/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt thinks he can do it — and is in final negotiations with Warner Bros. to helm the project. JG-L will at least produce, and may also direct and star in the movie as well. There are rumors that he’s confirmed to star and direct, but all JG-L himself will confirm (via Twitter) is that he’s producing, alongside David Goyer. JG-L directed the romantic comedy Don Jon, co-starring Scarlett Johansson, which he also wrote.
If you went into last night’s SLEEPY HOLLOW expecting to see Neil Gaiman’s version of the Sandman… well, no, that’s just silly; nobody was expecting that. But what we got at least featured a well-designed baddie — and a terrific gross-out effect that had me hooting at the TV!
It looks like the prophetic dream sequence might be a staple of this series, but it could get old fast; we might start assuming that the opening tease is always a dream sequence. But then again, the-powers-that-be could use that against us and slip in a “real world” opening.
The best news to come out of the early days of Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012 was, by far, the announcement that the legendary Neil Gaiman is returning to Sandman — the character that made Neil’s bones in the industry — with a brand-new story to be drawn by J.H. Williams III.
The tale — which will appear in November 2013 — will be a prequel that explains what happened just before the original Vertigo series The Sandman kicked off waaaaay back in November 1988. Neil himself said:
“When I finished writing The Sandman, there was one tale still untold. The story of what had happened to Morpheus to allow him to be so easily captured in The Sandman #1, and why he was returned from far away, exhausted beyond imagining, and dressed for war.”
The picture here is the teaser bit of art J.H. did to promote the project. It’s offbeat, and I think I like it. (One thing about Morpheus: His appearance does tend to… well, morph…) BTW, November 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of The Sandman No. 1, so that’s auspicious timing.