Joseph Gordon-Levitt Part of David Goyer's Pitch to Adapt 'Sandman'
For awhile there had been discussion and hopes of turning Neil Gaiman's comic Sandman into a series, with the author hoping it would end up at HBO. However, it sounds like some moves are being made to potentially bring the iconic comic book from the author of Coraline and American Gods to the big screen instead. Badass Digest has learned that Man of Steel and The Dark Knight trilogy writer David Goyer just recently pitched a big screen version of Sandman to Warner Bros. and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is involved in some capacity, though it's not clear if he'd take the lead or be involved just as a producer or something.
Since Gordon-Levitt recently made his directorial debut, there's a chance he could direct, but we agree with Badass that it's more likely that Gordon-Levitt would star in the film. For those who don't know, the comic series follows a character named Morpheus, who is the embodiment of Dreams, and the member of a family that is made up of anthropomorphically realized concepts such as Death, Destruction, Despair, Destiny, Desire, and Delirium. The first book sees an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life, but instead captures Morpheus. After being trapped for 70 years, he escapes and goes on a quest for his lost objects of power, encountering the likes of Lucifer, John Constantine and more.
It's clear that Warner Bros. is in the market to get Joseph Gordon-Levitt to headline a franchise for them, but we're not sure this is best route. Sandman seems best suited for TV since the books don't always follow Morpheus as a lead character, and a series would allow for that change more easily. Anyway, this is still just early talks since Goyer has only pitched the studio on the project. We'll see if this pans out. Thoughts?