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
RUMOR: ‘Sandman’ Movie To Be Released Christmas 2016
Entertainment guru Nikki Finke opened her new blog today, starting off by unveiling a DC movie slate scoop that she says may be revealed next month at San Diego Comic Con. Included in that scoop was the Sandman movie, which she says will be released during the Christmas season of 2016.
May 2016 – Batman v Superman
July 2016 – Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2
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.
Early Rumor Begins Circulating for a ‘Sandman’ Movie
Although talk about a film adaptation for Neil Gaiman’s Sandman have been circulating for years, a new rumor has surfaced thanks to Badass Digest, who says that the movie is being pitched to Warner Brothers by The Dark Knight Rises screenwriter David Goyer. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s name has been tied to the rumor for the starring role of the Dream King Morpheus, but further reading of the original article states this as mere speculation.
Trusted sources tell me that David Goyer has pitched Warner Bros a take on Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s career-defining comic, and the studio has been very receptive. Geoff Johns, DC’s Hollywood man, is very behind Goyer’s version. And what’s more, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is involved, almost certainly intending to play Morpheus, the lead character. Levitt’s gonna deny this, just like he’s denied a lot of other stuff that was true, by the way.
Now, caveat number one: this is early stuff. The Preacher/AMC news came to me when that was pretty much a done deal, Sandman is still in the most vestigial of stages. I’m not even sure that anyone has spoken to Neil Gaiman about this yet. If anyone other than Goyer were pitching this I’d ignore it as news, but Goyer being WB’s go-to comic book movie guy – and the support of Johns – elevates this to a different level.
Caveat number two: I’m making the assumption that Levitt’s involvement is as an actor. There’s a small chance that the Don Jon helmer could be trying to make a leap to big budget stuff with this. That seems kinda unlikely, and I think Levitt as Morpheus remains the most probable reason for his involvement.
I have to respectfully disagree on JGL being tied to the film for the role of Morpheus. With such a wealth of characters to choose from, assuming an actor who doesn’t really fit the part is going to snag the lead role at such an early point is only going to cause unnecessary rumblings. But then again, we live in a world where Ben Affleck is the Batman.