Joseph Gordon-Levitt Updates Us on ‘Sandman’

By August 22, 2014

We last heard about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s involvement with the much-anticiapted big screen take on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman way, way back in December, so yes, we’re definitely due for an update. Fortunately, we’ve got one!

Gordon-Levitt recently sat down to chat with Moviefone about his role in this week’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and talk eventually turned to the current status of Sandman. Although Warner Bros. has not yet set a release date for the comic book feature or given any indication of when the film might even go into production and Gordon-Levitt is still only officially set to produce the film (although rumors have been hot for these many months that he will star in it and could possibly direct it), the actor still has some good stuff to share. Looks like we really might be getting this thing!

Gordon-Levitt told Moviefone:

Right now we’re working on a script. It’s me and [David S.] Goyer and the screenwriter and Neil Gaiman, as well as the good folks at DC and Warner Bros. It’s a really cool team of people. It’s a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan “Batman” movies. It’s really exciting. There’s not a script yet, we’re still kind of working it out because it’s such a complicated adaptation because “Sandman” wasn’t written as novels. “Sin City” was written as a novel. “Sandman” is 75 episodic issues. There’s a reason people have been trying and failing to adapt “Sandman” for the past 20 years.

Jack Thorne was attached to write the film back in February — is that the “screenwriter” Gordon-Levitt refers to? More details, Joe! We want them!


Gordon-Levitt got a little cagey after that word spill, though, tracking back and saying, “You know, we’re still in the middle of it, so I don’t want to make any claims, but I think we’ve got the right ideas.” However, he did concede that they’ve got a lot to work with — and a lot to explore — saying, “We’re definitely talking about in terms of a whole world.”

Hopefully, Sandman will get going soon. Gordon-Levitt, who is often very busy with all sorts of things, looks to have a bit of a slow-down coming up, at least once he wraps on Jonathan Levine’s untitled Christmas comedy. After that, he’ll presumably being making press rounds on The Walk, and the only other film he might have in development is the brand-new Guys and Dolls (which is still rumored at this time). It sure looks like he might be saving some room this winter to finally get Sandman off the ground. Here’s hoping!

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Kate Erbland
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