Neil Gaiman to Meet This Week with Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Author Neil Gaiman was in San Jose this past weekend to accept the Maverick Spirit Award from the CineQuest Film Festival and participated in a Q&A shortly after. He was inevitably asked about the Sandman movie, and although he sounded cautiously skeptical, he also sounded cautiously optimistic.
“There was a saying when I was a kid in Sussex: ‘I’ve lived too near the woods too long to be frightened by an owl.’ Right now there is exciting ‘Sandman’ stuff happening, but I can’t help thinking that I’ve been here before — Joseph Gordon-Levitt, of all people, is an enormous ‘Sandman’ fan. He and David Goyer talked about it, they’ve come up, I believe, with a treatment of what they want the story of the first movie to be. They are talking to an incredible writer [Jack Thorne], who I coincidentally already knew, because he did the movie script for ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane,’ so I’ve met him and loved his treatment of my work. And Wednesday afternoon I will be spending with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and talking ‘Sandman!’ That’s pretty much everything I know. Now you know as much as I know.”
Hopefully we’ll get some tweets about this Sandman meeting tomorrow.
Earlier in the Q&A, he had an interesting tidbit to share about a particular issue set in Hell.
“I remember once, when I was writing ‘Sandman,’ I was writing an issue set in Hell and I thought, ‘What kind of music can I put on in the background to just put my head in the right place?’ And I went and dug out Lou Reed’s ‘Metal Machine Music.’ It’s basically four sides of tape hum/feedback on the kind of frequencies that drive small animals to throw themselves off of cliffs. On the back in the liner notes it says that no one has ever listened to this album all the way through, including Lou. But I did, over and over again, for about a week.”
He’d been asked what sound he dislikes the most. Talk about sacrificing for your craft! He also related a story about how Sandman originally came to be. He’d been about to start outlining Sandman when..
“A hurricane hit — the first and only hurricane that England had had in 700 years. And I lived in the middle of a little forest, and all the trees came down. Magically, I was without light, without power, and couldn’t do anything with a computer. So I had an extra week of thinking, a really magical week of thinking, all of which led towards ‘Sandman.’
He also described Sandman as largely “sexually transmitted” in that males could finally hand something to a female they were interested in to have a conversation piece and for once, women responded as hoped. This was particularly amusing for me since I was handed Preludes and Nocturnes by my now-husband way back when we first met in college.
Source: Comic Book Resources