VIDEO: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks Difficulty of Adapting Episodic Sandman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt sat down recently to talk to IGN and explained why Sandman is such a difficult property to adapt, citing the episodic format of the comic’s overarching storyline in addition to the individual stories presented in each issue.
Watch the video above for the interview.
No Punching Allowed in Sandman Movie According to Joseph Gordon-Levitt
MTV’s Josh Horowitz got to speak to Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the Guys Choice Awards recently and got a few questions in about the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman that Gordon-Levitt will be producing.
During the interview, Gordon-Levitt says that things are going slow but steady, mostly due to the complicated matter. “It’s a really complicated adaptation because those comics, they’re brilliant,” said Gordon-Levitt. “But they’re not written as a whole. It’s not like ‘Watchmen,’ which is a graphic novel that has a beginning, middle, and end. ‘Sandman’ was written over the course of whatever — I forget exactly, six or seven years.”
He also tried to temper the expectations of anyone expecting a typical comic book movie but hasn’t read the comics. “It was actually one of the things that Neil Gaiman said to me, he said ‘Don’t have him punch anybody.’ Because he never does. If you read the comics, Morpheus doesn’t punch anybody. That’s not what he does.”
Ever the champion for fans, Josh tried to ask if Gordon-Levitt could reveal which graphic novel they’re adapting and received a very quick, “No. I cannot! No, I can’t!”
The Sandman conversation begins at around the 1:40 mark.
Source: MTV News
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
Joseph Gordon-Levitt on His Interest in ‘Sandman’
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt spoke to IGN recently and talked about his interest in the ‘Sandman’ movie.
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. I mean, that’s just a fascinating and, I think, a really cinematic concept. You look at the art of Sandman, and it just looks spectacular. 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. I guess that’s the tip of the iceberg.
To read the full interview, head over to IGN.
Hopefully we won’t see Sandman get stuck in a rut, as audiences have seen a lot of great comic adaptations come to life recently.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Confirmed to Produce ‘Sandman’ Movie
After breaking news from Deadline stating that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been confirmed as a producer for a Sandman movie, the actor confirmed the news himself via Twitter.
With lots of speculation swirling around the actor also starring and directing the film, he was quick to set the record straight that he’s only signed on as producer at this point.
The movie will be made by Warner Bros.