Warner Bros. is in final talks for Joseph Gordon-Levitt to star in an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s reimagining of Sandman. Deadline reports that Gordon-Levitt will also apparently co-produce the film with David S. Goyer and could possibly even direct it himself. He’s already proven that he’s quite adept at directing himself in his debut Don Jon from earlier this year, and this might just be a move for him to be the next Clint Eastwood.
Gaiman’s Sandman shifts between horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times. The Vertigo Comics title ran from 1989 to 1996, producing 75 issues, and would routinely guest star several other of DC/Vertigo’s more magical characters, like John Constantine, Phantom Stranger, and Etrigan the Demon.
Gordon-Levitt is no stranger to comic book adaptations, having, of course, played the pivotal role of Officer John Blake in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, and will play Johnny, an original character, in Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. What Gordon-Levitt’s take on Sandman will be, both from an acting and a directing standpoint, is very much up in the air, but he’s a smart and talented enough guy that it makes us very excited to see the result. (ARTICLE USED)
Let me state for the record, I am not a comics fan, but I believe this story to be one of the best ever in the way of comics. Yes, I have read it and I have read other comics. I just do not consider myself a fan. My obsessive need to read, reread things I adore, does not extend to this story.
However, I am a Neil Gaiman fan and I know his works.
Sandman makes for an amazing read and the quotes… oh the wonderful quotes you can pull from this comic blows even some of the best literature out of the way. Not many writers have this gift, but Neil Gaiman does.
So it does feel odd to see such a young actor take on this role. The material is deeply refined and steeped in experiences that embolden the young and old to search. It speaks across generations, it is timeless.
That said, Gordon-Levitt has shown remarkable ability to pull out of himself grown-up performances. He definitely looks younger than many of the characters he has played and yet… the man has pulled it off, as though his acting chops come from an innate ability rather than years on this earth. He comes across as an old soul and maybe that’s what this project needs — someone who still dances with a young heart, but suckers the jaded into dancing too, can dance along with whoever wants to, rather than seeing only the outward display of persona.
I, for one, think this might be the most marvelous mismatched makings of genius.