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[Movies] UPDATED: Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Direct & Star in Sandman
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.16.2013





UPDATE: Joseph Gordon-Levitt has confirmed that he will be involved with the project on Twitter and--most intriguingly--has intimated that Neil Gaiman is actively involved:



Gaiman has been outspoken about the low quality of the previous Sandman scripts and noted that "I'd rather see no Sandman movie made than a bad Sandman movie"; he even said that the Jon Peters script's low quality was a contributor to his backing away from writing about the Endless. One might imagine that if he is actively involved, the film is on more solid ground.


ORIGINAL: For years, people have been trying to figure out how to adapt Neil Gaiman's iconic DC/Vertigo comic book series The Sandman to a film. The seventy-five issue series, which ran from 1989 to 1996, has long been targeted by Warber Bros. for a film due to its cinematic qualities, deep mythology and rabid fanbase. Efforts to adapt the project have proven fruitless to the point of embarrassing up until now; one famous story involved producer Jon Peters trying to turn it into a superhero-like slugfest between the Sandman and the Corinthian.

Finally though, it appears as if a film version is getting off the ground. Deadline reports that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is negotiating with Warner Bros. to star in a film version of the story, as well as direct. The script will be written by David Goyer.

The comic book focuses on Dream, the allegorical personification of dreams, who is one of the Endless. His six brothers and sisters--Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny--are all their own personifications and hold incredible power. Throughout the course of the series Dream deals with his siblings, dieties, mortals and even the Furies of Greek myth.





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