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Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the ‘Exciting’ Challenges of Making ‘Sandman’


Best known for starring in front of the cameras in films like The Dark Knight Rises, Looper and, currently, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is making some ambitious strides as a filmmaker.

After directing the indie comedy Don Jon, Gordon-Levitt is next set to take a crack at adapting Sandman, the Vertigo series written and created by Neil Gaiman. Gordon-Levitt  is working on the adaptation with Gaiman, as well as The Dark Knight veteran David S. Goyer.

“Right now we’re working on a script,” he told MovieFone. “It’s me and Goyer and the screenwriter and Neil Gaiman, as well as the good folks at DC and Warner Bros. It’s a really cool team of people. It’s a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan Batman movies. It’s really exciting.”

But according to the actor, getting this dream project off the ground is easier said than done.

“There’s not a script yet.” he said, “We’re still kind of working it out, because it’s such a complicated adaptation because Sandman wasn’t written as novels. Sin City was written as a novel. Sandman is 75 episodic issues. There’s a reason people have been trying and failing to adapt Sandman for the past 20 years.”

That said, Gordon-Levitt feels confident in what he and his team are bringing to the Sandman equation.

“You know, we’re still in the middle of it, so I don’t want to make any claims,” he said, “but I think we’ve got the right ideas.”


  • jeez

    Please don’t do this.

  • Brian Lloyd

    stop naysaying even if the movie sucks the comics will still be there…..and then it might not suck too

  • Chaplain_Charlie

    Agreed. Not everything has to be a damn movie!

  • perry

    If DC’s smart, they’ll make it part of the DC Cinematic Universe. Of course, if they’re even smarter, they’ll not make a Sandman film at all before making the Flash/Lantern reboot. I mean, is anyone really clamoring for freakin’ Sandman?

  • the dude

    I’m clamoring for a good sandman movie

  • Scott

    I have two hopes/suggestions: 1) Dump Goyer. He was not right for Superman and he’s not right for Sandman. 2) Don’t try to squeeze the 75 issues of Sandman down to a two-hour movie. In fact, don’t even pick a storyarc to adapt. Be influenced by the comics, but don’t try to adapt specific comics to the screen. Write an original Sandman story that has the feel of the comics but works on the screen.

  • perry

    lol okie-dokie then. ;)

  • Crimsonrain

    I’m sure this has been addressed…but who has the movie rights to the name Sandman? I mean DC/Warner Brothers could put out a Sandman movie with any of their Sand people and call it Sandman. Sony could also do the same thing given that they are coming out with the Sinister Six. Not that they would make a movie about their Sandman…but they could do it.

  • the gov’nor

    I think the respective Sandman characters themselves have been separately registered for awhile now, so the license really applies to their likeness and names as a whole. In that regard, there’s no real infringement upon the other character; both studios have “rights.”

    I think.

  • Crimsonrain

    Ok…Just wasn’t sure. I was looking at it like the whole Captain Marvel thing. The only place DC could ever call Captain Marvel (pre flashpoint) was in the comic. The couldn’t call the TV show Captain Marvel..or any of the comics as Marvel owned the rights to do that. I wasn’t sure if one of the companies would be able to call a movie Sandman and the other would have to call their movie “Small Pebbles you find on a beach man”

  • Choos

    This has to be world altering terrific to be worth it not just because it is from Neil Gaiman but otherwise it becomes yet another failed DC property ie not a Batman movie.

  • george

    Since Gaiman is involved with the writing process for the movie, I would think this would be enough to stop all the negative nellies from complaining before anything has happened.

  • shaunn

    I caught “Man of Steel” on the movie station last night. It was so bad; indeed, I feel it gets worse (in my mind) with every showing. Goyer was the screenwriter for that so his involvement with this project doesn’t fill me with confidence. On the other hand, Neil Gaiman’s involvement compensates to some small degree. But a story by committee is never good.

  • Statham

    If they really want to make it a success, tell an original story with Gaiman’s blessing, involvement and refinement. Trying to retell one of the stories from the series will only inevitably result in fans getting unhappy, whereas telling a new story involving the characters and settings could work far better.

  • WalkerI

    Best approach – don’t try to tell the whole “story”, and don’t necessarily start at the beginning, either. How about doing THE KINDLY ONES as a stand-alone film, and the rest of the strories from Sandman are open territories?!

  • CogInTheWheel

    In one hand, Neil Gaiman and Sandman.

    In the other hand, David S. Goyer (we all know what the S stands for) and an unproven director who made the bad and forgettable Don Jon. Indie comedy? I was laughing *at* the movie more than at the “jokes” put in it.

    Goyer has to be the biggest fault here, just a bad writer with the lamest use of plot devices.