A few weeks ago, it was announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be producing Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the DC/Vertigo classic Sandman. Reports also said that The Dark Knight Rises actor would be starring in the project, and possibly even direct it. While a screenwriter has yet to be hired, Batman vs. Superman scribe David S. Goyer pitched the film to WB and will supervise the script. Writer Neil Gaiman is also involved in an unknown capacity.
Speaking with IGN, Gordon-Levitt updates on the Sandman movie, and remains coy on whether or not he will do more than produce. “Early days. Very, very early days. Lots of potential, but it’s still very early.” He then comments on speculation that it will adapt “Preludes & Nocturnes” storyline which started the comic, based on a tweet in which he used the word “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… Yeah, nothing is cemented yet. But there’s so much potential in that material. It’s exciting.”
Finally, Gordon-Levitt discusses what drew him to Sandman in the first place. “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.” For the actor’s comments on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and the possibility of joining a Marvel movie, click the source link above.