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
Skins Writer Jack Thorne to Write ‘Sandman’ Screenplay
Jack Thorne, best known for his writing on the British television show Skins, has been brought on board to write the screenplay for the Sandman adaptation currently in the early stages with Warner Brothers studio.
The film is being produced by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt with author Neil Gaiman tied as an executive producer.
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.