Studios have been trying to turn Neil Gaiman‘s acclaimed Vertigo comic book Sandman into a feature film for a long time. The earliest attempts stretch back all the way to the 1990s while the most recent try from New Line Cinema just happened a few years ago. Now, in the wake of the shuttering of the Vertigo arm at DC Comics, a new deal has sprouted to create a Sandman TV series between Netflix and Warner Bros. Television. Read More »
Just last month, Oliver Stone’s true story drama Snowden was pushed back yet again to a release date this fall, around the same time The Walk debuted last year, another movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. However, one of the actor’s developing projects won’t have the benefit of his talents any longer.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt posted an update to his Facebook page that he has left the adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s beloved comic series Sandman, citing creative difference with the studio. But the actor has also set up another project that he’s producing and may also star in at Amazon. Get details on both of these projects below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
There have been several attempts to adapt Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman over the years, sometimes as a TV series and sometimes as a film. In some ways, the former seems the easier way to go. The original Sandman series consisted of 75 issues, and even the more standalone arcs worked better as part of a cohesive whole.
But current producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt is making Sandman as a movie, and now he explains why. Naturally, that means a few things are going to get lost in the translation. Gordon-Levitt admits he might piss off the “literalists,” but pledges to stay true to the “overall sentiment” of the books. Read the Joseph Gordon-Levitt Sandman comments after the jump. Read More »
Sandman is moving away from Warner Bros. to the studio’s smaller, genre-oriented label New Line.
From a consumer perspective, there might not seem to be much difference between Warner Bros. and its subsidiary New Line. Films from New Line carry the WB shield and are handled by the same publicity machine, after all. But there’s a difference in exec structure and budgeting, and in the nature of the movies themselves.
Now films adapted from the Vertigo Comics imprint, itself a subsidiary of DC Comics, will be made at New Line rather than Warner Bros. The first title to be affected, and the only one in active development at this time, is Sandman. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
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Anyone who has ever read Sandman, the comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and drawn by a variety of artists from ’89 to ’96 knows that a movie adaptation is tricky business. Gaiman wove together myth and legend, horror and family drama, and a a superb cast of characters to tell stories that were powerful on an individual level, and pleasantly overwhelming when read in toto.
How does anyone make a movie out of that story of the Endless, six (ok, seven) personifications of aspects of living experience, without selling them short, or gutting the core of the story like a root-canal-crazy dentist? Good questions! Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is producing and potentially appearing in the film, is one of the people trying to figure out the answers. He was recently pressed for a Sandman movie update, and at least one comment is good: Morpheus, the title character and personification of Dream, isn’t going to punch anyone. Read More »
Anyone who has ever read Sandman, the genre-bending comic written by Neil Gaiman, has probably thought about the idea of Tom Hiddleston as Morpheus, the title character and personification of Dream. While there was a point where Neil Gaiman was pushing forward the idea of Benedict Cumberbatch as Morpheus, now that the actor is locked into Doctor Strange he’s probably out of the running for any other comic book role. But “Hiddleston is still out there,” as Gaiman said when giving a semi-annual update on the project. Read More »
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is without a doubt one of the most interesting and distinct voices in modern Hollywood. Yes, he’s a great actor and has done some truly awesome films. He has also worked with many wonderful filmmakers, is sought after by even more and also happens to be one himself. He’s already directed one feature, Don Jon, is on the short-list for every big hero role out there, and is the founder of a crowd-sourced media company called HIT RECORD where people can contribute to not only a TV show, but short films and more, all online.
Levitt did a Reddit AMA to promote the first season of HITRECORD ON TV coming to DVD. During the event, he touched on a bunch of interesting topics. He discussed wanting to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, how good he thinks Rian Johnson’s Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX are going to be, the latest on his DC/Vertigo adaptation, Sandman, if he thinks he’ll be in another Batman movie, what makes Christopher Nolan a good director, a possible 3rd Rock from the Sun reunion and more.
Below, read some of the highlights of the Reddit Joseph Gordon-Levitt AMA. Read More »
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 »