Joseph Gordon-Levitt Could Direct and Star in ‘Sandman’ Adaptation

By December 17, 2013

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

At this point, comic book movie rumors must be old hat to actor and filmmaker Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose name seemingly inevitably comes up every single time any kind of new comic book movie is in need of a star. But now Gordon-Levitt is officially signed on for a bonafide comic book movie, though it’s most likely not one you’ve been expecting to hear about (we’ll get this out of the way – no, it’s not Batman vs. Superman).

Deadline reports that Gordon-Levitt “is finalizing a deal to produce” Neil Gaiman’s Sandman at Warner Bros. alongside screenwriter David S. Goyer, who reportedly “pitched his treatment for the Neil Gaiman comic book classic” to the studio, prompting their interest (Goyer, of course, has a major comic book movie pedigree, having helped write films like Man of Steel and all three of the latest Batman films). Gordon-Levitt may also star in the film and direct it as his next filmmaking outing.


Gaiman’s comic ran for 75 issues under DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, starting its run way back in 1989. The popular “series shifts between horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times. Warner Bros has tried for some time to get a script right, but they may have finally cracked it.” Interestingly enough, Deadline also reports that the film is still need of a screenwriter, so it remains to be seen just how much they may have “cracked it.”

Gordon-Levitt took to his Twitter account to confirm the news – well, sort of. He first tweeted, “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m incredibly honored to be working with David Goyer, Warner Bros, and @neilhimself on SANDMAN. #Prelude” before following that one up with a bit of clarification, sharing with his followers, “Just to clarify, folks. I’ve signed on as a producer on Sandman. The rest remains to be seen. Delighted you guys are excited. I am too!”

Would you like to see Gordon-Levitt star in Sandman? Did you catch his first directorial outing, Don Jon?

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Kate Erbland
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