When Warner Bros. announced a ten-film slate of DC Comics films last week, taking the studio all the way to 2020, you might have noticed one big omission. There was no Sandman, which we know Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been developing over much of 2014. But worry not (or continue to worry, if you’re afraid of the film), as Sandman creator Neil Gaiman says things are still moving along, and that we can expect another announcement. In short, Sandman isn’t part of the DC movie slate, because it is part of the Vertigo movie slate. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
Hollywood has been trying to get an adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman off the ground for years, and as of now it looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be the guy to finally make it happen.
Although Warner Bros. has not yet said when exactly we’ll see the Sandman movie, the producer (and possibly also star and director) assures that it’s coming. “We’re working towards it,” Gordon-Levitt affirmed in a recent status update. Hit the jump to read his latest comments on the project.
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In addition to dating Batman v Superman for March 2016, Warner Bros. has dated not one, but NINE additional DC Comics movies. They’re all untitled for the time being. Now Warner and DC’s plan stretches beyond Marvel’s. They also planted the flag on two untitled event films. Read more about the DC Comics movie release dates below.
Update: WB has dated two animated films, which are rumored to be further Lego movies to follow the Lego Movie sequel already set for May 2017.
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After last year’s epic Batman v Superman announcement, everyone expects Warner Bros. to give fans tons of big news at Comic-Con this year. We’d already heard pretty definitively that the next bit film, Justice League directed by Zack Snyder, would hit in 2017. Given the casting of characters such as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, WB and DC seem to be readying other major superheroes for spin offs. Now, a rumored schedule has been released that shows the potential Warner Bros. and DC schedule through 2018. Not on the list? Batman. What is on the list? Shazam, Wonder Woman and a Flash/Green Lantern team up. See the Warner Bros DC schedule below. Read More »
Little is know about how producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt will tackle Neil Gaiman’s classic comic Sandman, but now we know who’ll write it. Jack Thorne, who wrote the upcoming Nick Hornby adaptation A Long Walk Down, has signed on to adapt the screenplay from Gaiman’s work, based on a pitch by fellow producer David Goyer. The hope – though it’s not set – is for Gordon-Levitt to star and direct. Read More »
Why would Joseph Gordon-Levitt sign on to be involved with the Warner Bros. film based on Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman? The obvious overarching answer is that WB has been wanting to put the actor/filmmaker in an even bigger role than he had in The Dark Knight Rises, and with Sandman he gets to be one of the people calling the shots.
But more specifically, why Sandman? It’s a property with a large, dedicated and detail-obsessed fanbase. A Sandman film that gets things wrong will be received particularly poorly, and bringing the story to the screen in an effective manner is going to be a tricky proposition. That could be an appealing challenge. As he puts it, for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, part of the appeal is the fact that Sandman is a unique large-scale project that is out of the typical groove of tentpole films.
And while he’s talking about the project, Gordon-Levitt explains that one of his Sandman tweets should perhaps not be construed as a harbinger of the first storyline to come.
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Briefly: Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been confirmed as a producer and possible director and star for the Warner Bros. film adaptation of The Sandman. (He emphasized his current producer-only role on Twitter.) The comic series created by Neil Gaiman has been the subject of several possible film and TV adaptations in the past, but will now be part of WB’s new push to adapt DC properties.
This development was first reported by Badass Digest when David Goyer pitched a take on Sandman to Warner Bros.; we’ll have to wait to see if he signs on in a capacity other than producer, but it’s looking like we’ll at least see JGL in a role in the film. [Deadline]
Update: Gordon-Levitt tweeted about the deal, suggesting that we’ll see an adaptation of the first story arc in the Sandman series, collected as ‘Preludes and Nocturnes.’ In that arc the title character, Dream, is freed from captivity and has to rebuild his power base. The story features a chapter called ’24 Hours,’ in which a madman uses Dream’s power to influence people trapped in a diner, and which is one of the more horrifying issues in the series.
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There’s a new issue of Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman on stands now. It launches a short ongoing story called The Sandman: Overture, acting as an explanation of events that preceded the first issue of the seminal comic series. It’s the first new Sandman story since 2003, and the first series of multiple issues since the series originally ended in 1996. (And, in keeping with some periods of the original publication, Overture is already experiencing delays.)
All of which is a long way of saying that a lot of people are thinking and talking about Sandman again, and that seems to have re-ignited the interest in making a movie at Warner Bros. The latest word is that David Goyer has pitched a take that WB likes, and that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the ideal candidate to play the lynchpin character Morpheus. Read More »