Providing us with a respite from all the Batman vs. Superman rumors, Joseph Gordon-Levitt dropped a few nuggets about his Sandman project for Warner Bros. in a recent interview with IGN. Not much, considering the film is still in its “very, very early days”, but it’s something, right?
When it first announced Gordon-Levitt was producing a film based on Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman series, the obvious question was, “Is he also starring?” Well, is he?
IGN: We know you’re producing, but there’s various “You might star, you might direct”…
Gordon-Levitt: Lots of potential, but it’s still very early.
IGN: Should we take you tweeting the hashtag “Prelude” in relation to Sandman to mean what we think it means, that you’ll be adapting the “Preludes & Nocturnes” storyline that began the comic?
Gordon-Levitt: I honestly just wrote that as sort of a pun, because this tweet was a prelude to who knows what’s to come. Obviously “Prelude” is the title of the first issue, but… Yeah, nothing is cemented yet. But there’s so much potential in that material. It’s exciting.
Sandman is chocked full of potential, there’s not denying that. There’s a vast universe all its own, yet there are the faintest ties to the DC Universe which surely must be heavily on Warner Bros.’ (collective, corporate) mind. Gordon-Levitt says what he drew him to the project was,
The basic concept of it – just the concept of personifying Dream, along with all of his brothers and sisters, the seven Endless personifying Death, personifying Destruction and Delirium and Destiny and Desire and Despair. I mean, that’s just a fascinating and, I think, a really cinematic concept. You look at the art of Sandman, and it just looks spectacular. I love big, spectacular movies, but oftentimes big, spectacular movies sort of get stuck in a rut. They go down certain paths that end in big explosions or whatever. Sandman has so much opportunity to do something that’s on a grand, grand scale, but really unlike your average big, grand-scale, spectacular movie. I guess that’s the tip of the iceberg.
The key will obviously be making Sandman more than “your average big, grand-scale, spectacular movie.” However it is you manage that. Hopefully Gordon-Levitt knows how, because acting only as producer or not, he needs a solid strategy for adapting The Sandman to screen. And that means first getting the right people involved.
Gaiman, duh, but who else would you like working on Sandman with Gordon-Levitt? David Goyer was apparently responsible for the pitch, but it hasn’t been announced he’s signed on in any official capacity.