With the critical success of his recent film Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has proven himself as a triple-threat—actor, writer and director—and may be using those skills to star in the long-discussed film version of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning, best-selling comic series Sandman. He tweeted…
“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m incredibly honored to be working with David Goyer, Warner Bros, and @neilhimself on SANDMAN. #Prelude.”
JGL will be producing the film and according to ‘Deadline’, will probably star in and direct it as well. Levitt will work alongside David S. Goyer (who wrote Man of Steel and the Batman films) in creating the long-planned project. Ideas and script treatments for Sandman have been drifting around Hollywood for over a decade, but every effort has collapsed in the planning stages. Now it is finally getting made. Fans would say ‘it’s about time’, considering how lauded the story is. Along with the Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen, it’s considered among the best pieces of comic-genre literature ever published. Sandman won three consecutive Eisner Awards for best continuing series from 1991-1993.
The comic book series first came out in 1989. Sandman tells the story of Morpheus the lord of dreams and nightmares. Because of a black magic ritual by a cult, he is held prisoner for 70 years, with repercussions across the world. After escaping and getting vengeance against his captors, Morpheus sets out to fix the damage done in his absence.
Levitt’s name has been rumored for other comic-based projects as well, such as Ant-Man and Dr. Strange. He’s already appeared as Robin in The Dark Knight Rises and will have a role in Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
Do you think Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be a good choice for Sandman?