Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives an update on his adaptation of Neil Gaiman's classic Sandman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has given an update on his plans for the big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's iconic graphic novel series Sandman.
An adaptation of Gaiman's much-loved series, which ran from January 1989 to March 1996, has been in development since the 1990s and always fallen apart, but Gordon-Levitt has said he hopes it will make it all the way this time.
The series follows the Lord of Dreams, also known as Morpheus, who is captured by an occult ritual and held prisoner for 70 years. He then escapes in the modern day and begins avenging himself upon his captors.
Asked by MTV how work on the film, which he is working on with Man Of Steel scribe David S. Goyer, Gordon-Levitt said: "It’s really good, man. It’s slow but steady, it’s a really complicated adaptation because those comics, they’re brilliant. 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."
He continued: "Sandman was written over the course of whatever — I forget exactly, six or seven years. One at a time. One little 20-page issue at a time. And to try to take that and make it into something that’s a feature film — a movie that has a beginning, middle, and end — is complicated.”
Gordon-Levitt also assured fans that the film would be true to the series and would not see Morpheus cast as an action hero. He added: "Big spectacular action movies are generally about crime fighters fighting crime and blowing sh-t up. This has nothing to do with that."
He continued: "And it was actually one of the things that Neil Gaiman said to me, he said ‘Don’t have any punching.’ Because he never does. If you read the comics, Morpheus doesn’t punch anybody. That’s not what he does. It’s going to be like a grand spectacular action film, but that relies on none of those same old ordinary cliches. So, that’s why it’s taking a lot time to write, but it’s going to be really good.”