Joseph Gordon-Levitt chats about Sandman movie

News Simon Brew 13 Jan 2014 - 07:14

The movie of Neil Gaiman's Sandman edges closer, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been chatting about his involvement...

At the end of last year, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was confirmed as being involved in the long-mooted movie of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. Widely expected to direct and star in the film, thus far it's only his role as producer that's been officially confirmed. And he's been chatting to IGN, tempering things a little by declaring that it's "early days. Very, very early days".

Admitting that "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", he also expressed his love of the art of Sandman too.

"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", he said. And he might just be right there.

Details then aren't particularly forthcoming yet, although it's worth a gander at the IGN piece here. Do note that his Tweet citing 'prelude' wasn't intended to mean anything specific, though.

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I like JGL, I really do. I don't see him as Dream in my head though. Nor am I clamoring to see them try to adapt The Sandman to film. it's an almost perfect comic/graphic novel series, showing exactly what you can do with the medium.

I'm not sure how well it will translate to film.

Good thing both mediums are allowed to exist. The films will not make the novels any less epic, and it's a really great thing to see Sandman being brought to film (which would have happened inevitably) in the hands of someone who cares about the source material. I'll never understand fans NOT wanting this. Worst case scenario you don't like the film...but others might and be turned on to reading the comics, which is a win-win in my opinion.

I would love to see Benedict Cumberbatch as either Dream or Destiny, his voice would be incredible for it!

Great way to introduce Constantine back to the DCU

With you there, but yet. I also agree with Woodcock. I like JGL - but I'd love to see someone like Cumberbatch or Alan Rickman - someone brooding with a rich theatrical voice.

This should be a TV series, not a film. I just don't see it working as a film, I'm afraid. :/

I think JGL was having a direct dig at Man of Steel there.

"They go down certain paths that end in big explosions or whatever..."

I get that, but I'm never sure why we all think that turning something into a movie is desirable. Nobody watches a film and thinks 'wow, that was so good they should turn it into a comic.' We don't clamour to read the novelisations of films. So why are we so convinced that every successful piece of narrative art must eventually become a movie?

What excites me listening to JGL talk about the movie is that he seems open to some visually original scenes that may try to translate the atmosphere of the comics. Sandman needs an approach like that to make its own mark.

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that Gaiman will not want to be associated with the movie.

He certainly will. he's not Alan Moore, he's been a screenwriter and loves having his stuff (well) adapted - Neverwhere and Stardust for example

Rule 297 of the internet. Whatever project is being discussed, someone will suggest casting Benedict Cumberbatch.

Normally, I would agree, but I'm kinda getting a good vibe off this one. JGL seems to be a huge fan, and get what its about, and I think he would make a good Dream (Dream isn't really that hard a role. He just needs to be enigmatic). I love what JGL is saying about keeping it small. It would be terrible as a massive budget summer blockbuster, where Sandman is expected to save the world or something.

They really have to move heaven and earth to get Gaiman on board though. He has proven he can write live action as well as comics, so if they shoot this with a Gaiman screenplay, I'm definitely in

Rule 298 as above but casting Bryan Cranston, these rules replace the pre Pirates of The Caribbean "cast Johnny Depp" rules on the previous page

For some reason I think Paul McGann would be fantastic to play Dream in this

i can see him playing the Daniel Hall Dream as that one looks younger to me, could just be all the white though. still, i wouldn't mind if they used different actors. it could work.

Rule 299 (DoG specific clause) as above but Andrew Scott to replace all other names.

I think that's just me!
The DoG clause uses Jason Statham.

No one could adapt this successfully to film unless they do what they did with Watchmen. Even still, they would have to make at least a trilogy to make work. The comics are the best comics ever written and I doubt they will do it justice.

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