Sandman

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For the first five minutes there, it looked like Lucifer was going to do something interesting. The new Fox series, tangentially based on the Neil Gaiman version of the character from Sandman, opens with the suave, literally devil-make-care Lucifier, played by Tom Ellis, whiling away his time in an L.A. nightclub having grown bored of his role as Hell’s grim tyrant. This Devil isn’t evil so much as practical, he just wants people to live up to their nature, like the pretty young singer/actress he “helped” to fame and fortune. But when she’s killed in a hail of bullets, Lucifer, figuratively, goes to Hell. (more…)

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More information has been released about David Goyer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Neil Gaimans‘ feature film adaptation of the comic book series Sandman. Now closer to production than ever, the project has been described by Gordon-Levitt as a complicated adaptation, but mind-blowingly awesome. Gaiman’s name may be the first one you think of when you reminisce about Sandman, but Joe Simon and Jack Kirby were actually the creators of the comic series. Gaiman’s adaptation is what propelled it into the cult classic that it is today. The comic arc ran from January 1989 to March 1996, with 75+ issues. Moves have been being made by WB to make it into a movie since 1996, and it seems it might finally be time for the dream to become a reality! (more…)

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This is another story about why it seems like Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment don’t seem to be entirely sure that they know what they’re doing so far as movies based on DC Comics characters are concerned. Today’s installment of “What are they thinking?” brings us back to the subject of Justice League Dark, the proposed adaptation of DC’s premier supernatural super-team by fan favorite filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the project, and now we can reveal why: it’s over. Well, at least for del Toro. In other news, Warners is doing some shuffling, certain comic book projects will be fronted by them, and others will be fronted by New Line. You know, the pressing stuff. (more…)

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Neil Gaimans‘s The Sandman is still in the early stages of development, however, that isn’t stopping David S. Goyer (*shudder*), Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gaiman from going full steam ahead with casting ideas in regards to the possible actors who could potentially play the lead role of the titular character – otherwise known as Morpheus. Recently, word on the street (…well, the word on the interwebs) was that Goyer and Levitt had been working on a script for the movie adaptation and Warner Bros. liked the draft they handed in. Also, following the news of the script, everyone involved sounded a little more upbeat about the project after a long period of worrying silence . Thusly, Gaiman, Goyer, and Levitt‘s enthusiasm is a real bonus to getting the project pushed along further; and maybe even fast tracked after the new year. (more…)

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The recent lack of information regarding the movie adaptation of The Sandman has been rather depressing. Considering it is was among the first of planned Warner Bros. comic book adaptations after Man of Steel, it’s omission from the studios recent movie schedule was rather disconcerting. However, Neil Gaiman has explained why it was absent from the DC schedule announcement. This is because The Sandman is a Vertigo Comics Property, and it might sit as a standalone movie unattached to DC Cinematic Universe (Guillermo del Toro‘s Justice League Dark could possibly head in the same direction). Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jack Thorne and David S. Goyer are working on the movie adaptation with Levitt and Goyer recently discussing the state of the script and reassuring fans that Neil Gaiman is still very much involved in the writing process. (more…)

Neil Gaiman’s Vision of Satan Coming to Fox TV

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Some may be disappointed that Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic series isn’t getting a proper television series (instead being regulated to a 2-hour movie), but it looks like one of Morpheus’ co-stars is getting to move to the small screen instead. You may remember him from the ‘Season of Mists’ story arc (Sandman issues #21-28), though he has been present within the DC universe in one form or another since as far back as the early 60s. His name is Lucifer and this fallen angel is now the subject of a new pilot being produced for Fox. (more…)

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It is a safe bet that fans of Neil Gaiman’s comic masterpiece Sandman have been waiting on any news of the new movie being developed over at Warner Bros. that they can get.  After Joseph Gordon-Levitt took the initiative and decided to take the project on as director (he will also likely star), news has been pretty non-existent, not a great sign to those who have followed ever project that the series has almost spawned.  Thanks to a great interview with Moviephone, JGL has given fans a reason to breathe a little easier. (more…)

The ‘Sandman’ Movie Has Found Its Writer

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Ever since Joseph Gordon-Levitt announced his intention to turn Neil Gaiman’s much-loved Sandman series into a movie, fans (myself included) have been sitting on the fence. The story of Sandman is incredibly complex and even the enthusiasm of Gordon-Levitt may mean very little if they don’t have the right people working behind the scenes to make the movie as true to its source material as possible. Now, the first piece of the Sandman puzzle has been found. It looks like Jack Thorne will be the one to write the script. (more…)