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