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 Hopeful for ‘The Sandman’ Adaptation
MTV caught up with Sandman author Neil Gaiman in New York last week and got his thoughts on the prospect of a film adaptation. Despite many failed attempts in the past (which MTV recaps) Gaiman is now hopeful for a film being made.
“What tended to happen a lot in the ’90s was the point where Warner [Bros.] would get relatively close to making a ‘Sandman’ movie, and then somebody would get realistic about the fact that the film would not be PG-13,” Gaiman said. “And that it would be incredibly big and expensive, and it would never really be made or the sequence of films that you would need to make ‘Sandman’ would never get made. I think things like the ‘Dark Knight’ films kind of changed that, just how big and dark you could get.”
“Someone is going to come along for whom ‘The Sandman’ is as important as ‘Spider-Man’ was to Sam Raimi or ‘Lord of the Rings’ was to Peter Jackson,” Gaiman said. “People whose point of view is, they were put on this Earth to make this thing, and they will make it.”
“A ‘Sandman’ movie is going to be too expensive for anyone to make a lousy movie at this point,” Gaiman said. “But I also hope when they make a movie it won’t be safe, whatever it is.”
Rumors flared up yesterday when Badass Digest reported rumblings of a movie penned by David Goyer with Joseph Gordon-Levitt tied to the project. Since MTV talked to Gaiman last week, it’s possible he’s optimistic because of movement in pre-production, which is likely tied to the rumor. Gaiman is supportive of Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston as Morpheus, with the general criteria being “good cheekbones.”
Read the full article at MTV.