Joseph Gordon-Levitt quits new adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has announced that he has left the much-anticipated Hollywood adaptation of Neil Gaiman's hit graphic novel series Sandman.
The Looper star had been collaborating with David S. Goyer, writer of Blade, The Dark Knight and the forthcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, on the new adaptation, but has now left the project.
The actor revealed that though he had been enjoying the work, he had become unhappy when the project was moved from Warner Brothers' itself to subsidiary production company New Line and did not feel he could continue.
In a lengthy statement, which you can read in full here, Gordon Levitt said: "Recently, as you also might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, the sorta "ownership" (for lack of a better term) of the Sandman material changed hands when Warner Brothers shifted the entire catalogue of Vertigo comics (an imprint of DC) to their subsidiary, New Line."
He continued: "And a few months ago, I came to realize that the folks at New Line and I just don't see eye to eye on what makes Sandman special, and what a film adaptation could/should be. So unfortunately, I decided to remove myself from the project. I wish nothing but the best for the team moving forward."
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, it is unknown if producers will now try and replace Gordon-Levitt or continue to work on the script before finding a star.
Sandman 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.