Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks SANDMAN Creative Challenges

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With series like The
Walking Dead, The Flash
and Arrow
as examples of a  leap in quality for
books and comic-book adaptations on television this decade, it was almost
surprising that producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt decided to take Neil Gaiman’s Sandman on as a movie project.
Recently, Levitt took to reddit for an “Ask Me
Anything” for the second season of his hitRECORD series when he asked why
he chose film instead of television.  The
questioner pointed out the “large scope and episodic nature” of the
original comic run then asked if this would make the series better suited for
the long-form storytelling nature of television.  Levitt had this to say: “I think a big screen adaptation is a better
idea and here’s why. If you did the episodic version, I think it could very
well end up as a not-as-good-version of what is already brilliant in the
comics, but by reworking the material into a big movie, Gaiman’s brilliant
characters and ideas get to take shape in a way they never have before.
In addition to talking the differences between tv and film
story-telling, Levitt pointed to film’s visual advantages; “I think Sandman deserves to look absolutely
mind-blowingly awesome, just on a visual level, and as cinematic as some tv
shows are becoming these days, they still can’t compete with big movies
visually, just because they can’t afford to.
Levitt stated that there would be limitations to television
and film, as well as challenges involved with Sandman itself.  “There’s tons of little brilliant moments
throughout the series, and we certainly can’t incorporate all of them…
we are using a whole bunch of specifics
straight from the comics, but of course, we’re also having to do a certain
amount of invention, and in between that, there’s tons of re-appropriating,
re-contextualizing, combining, consolidating, and all manner of things that
literalists might not like.
In the end, Levitt promised that he and the other writers
and producers are trying their best to be “completely faithful”
before closing with, “Dreams and
Stories and Magic are actually all the same thing, and that they’re real, and
that they’re powerful.
Source – ComicBook.com
The Sandman, written and produced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is in Development.
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