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Joesph Gordon-Levitt Working to Star and Produce Sandman Film

Vertigo's SANDMAN may make it to the big screen with Levitt and Goyer attached.

According to Deadline. Joesph Gordon-Levitt is working on finalizing a deal with Warner Brothers which could bring one of Neil Gaiman's greatest comic book creations to life: SANDMAN. The rumor mill has been spinning for quite some time that JGL would be starring in the film, and this current deal he's working on has him attached as the protagonist in the film, possibly Dream of the Endless? In addition, there's a rumor that says JGL, who will also be appearing in next year's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, may be looking to direct the film as well. He made his feature directorial debut this past year with the well received Don Jon.

Also attached to produce is David Goyer, who's had his hand in numerous comics-to-film properties including Blade 2, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, in which JGL played John Blake. This will be big news for Vertigo fans as this long beloved series may actually make it to the big screen.

We'll keep you updated on the latest Sandman film news as it develops.

What do you guys think about this news? Will Gordon-Levitt be playing Dream of the Endless? What do you think of this Goyer/Levitt team up?

Update

Joseph Gordon-Levitt apparently confirmed the news on his Twitter.

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Posted by Maddpanda531

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

Posted by knightofthechronicle

Sounds good, JGL seems like a good fit, although I kind of imagined Dream as a little more lanky than JGL is.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Oh god, please no....

Posted by Fallschirmjager

Would be sweet if it ends up happening.

Though, I think an HBO 10-12 episodes mini series might work better. Hard to see them getting all it in a 2 hour movie.

Edited by inferiorego

Would be sweet if it ends up happening.

Though, I think an HBO 10-12 episodes mini series might work better. Hard to see them getting all it in a 2 hour movie.

I agree. With a lot of Vertigo titles, they'd just work better as a television series or mini-series

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Posted by judasnixon

Stop it! Just stop it! I've been hearing rumors of a Sandman movie since Claire Danes was in My So Called Life, and Nirvana was still a band. Next you going to tell me Preacher was just picked up by AMC......... Oh wait. What? AMC Picked up Preacher?

Edited by Fallschirmjager

@fallschirmjager said:

Would be sweet if it ends up happening.

Though, I think an HBO 10-12 episodes mini series might work better. Hard to see them getting all it in a 2 hour movie.

I agree. With a lot of Vertigo titles, they'd just work better as a television series or mini-series

I mean, maybe it would work as a trilogy.

But I don't know how confident they'd be sitting up a trilogy without knowing how successful the first movie is. And despite its utter iconism to the comic book community, Sandman is hardly a big name general audience members.

So yeah.

Posted by SandMan_

Goyer? Really?

Posted by LyraFay

I heard that Neil actually want Morpheus to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston. I would like to see that happen but Tom's probably out of the question due to his connection with Marvel. Hmm...But there is nothing wrong with JGL. But I would like to see it on HBO.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Come on, some things just shouldn't be made in to films, leave it alone.

ESPECIALLY GOYER :(

Posted by JonSmith

I don't believe it until I see a trailer.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

@lyrafay said:

I heard that Neil actually want Morpheus to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston. I would like to see that happen but Tom's probably out of the question due to his connection with Marvel. Hmm...But there is nothing wrong with JGL. But I would like to see it on HBO.

Those are much better picks.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Interesting? I really know nothing about sandman....

Posted by dagmar_merrill
Posted by judasnixon

I want Michael Fassbender as Corinthian.......

Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse

So much yes!!!

Now all that's left is for someone to explain to me who Sandman is.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous
Posted by Cloakx14

@jonsmith said:

I don't believe it until I see a trailer.

Damm right.

Posted by judasnixon
Posted by AllStarSuperman

So much yes!!!

Now all that's left is for someone to explain to me who Sandman is.

same

Posted by CrazyScarecrow

Oh. When I heard about a Sandman movie I totally thought this would mean we getting an original Wesley Dodds Sandman movie. This sounds interesting though.

Posted by longbowhunter
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
Edited by Saint_Wildcard

@sandman_ said:

Goyer? Really?

My only problem with it is that it seems like WB doesnt have other writers.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

@dagmar_merrill: Cumberbatch is my pick for Morpheus as well.

He has the skill for it, and looks just like him too me atleast.

So much yes!!!

Now all that's left is for someone to explain to me who Sandman is.

The Comic Vine page is really extensive on him and all of the endless but you should really read the books.

Edited by The Stegman

Never really liked Sandman, couldn't get past the second trade.

Posted by judasnixon

It would be awesome if the movie looked like Dave Mckean's art work, as long as it didn't look as cheaply made as Mirror Mask was......... Still like that film.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@rulerofthisuniverse said:

So much yes!!!

Now all that's left is for someone to explain to me who Sandman is.

same

The god of dreams, Morpheus of The Endless. It's the greatest thing to be ever published in the comic medium and is so good it transcends comicdom and became actual literature. No exaggerations.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@allstarsuperman said:

@rulerofthisuniverse said:

So much yes!!!

Now all that's left is for someone to explain to me who Sandman is.

same

The god of dreams, Morpheus of The Endless. It's the greatest thing to be ever published in the comic medium and is so good it transcends comicdom and became actual literature. No exaggerations.

Well, Kick-Ass got 2 movies before it, soooo... I am thinking it is better then Sandman.

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@jonny_anonymous said:

@allstarsuperman said:

@rulerofthisuniverse said:

So much yes!!!

Now all that's left is for someone to explain to me who Sandman is.

same

The god of dreams, Morpheus of The Endless. It's the greatest thing to be ever published in the comic medium and is so good it transcends comicdom and became actual literature. No exaggerations.

Well, Kick-Ass got 2 movies before it, soooo... I am thinking it is better then Sandman.

right.....

Posted by judasnixon

Ha ha ha ha ha ha........ Miley Cyrus as Delirium

Edited by AllStarSuperman

@allstarsuperman said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

@allstarsuperman said:

@rulerofthisuniverse said:

So much yes!!!

Now all that's left is for someone to explain to me who Sandman is.

same

The god of dreams, Morpheus of The Endless. It's the greatest thing to be ever published in the comic medium and is so good it transcends comicdom and became actual literature. No exaggerations.

Well, Kick-Ass got 2 movies before it, soooo... I am thinking it is better then Sandman.

right.....

lol

Posted by Damian_Arrows

no. don't make a sandman movie. don't do it.

Edited by MrMazz

After watching Don Jon, I'm confidant in JGL as a visual stylist, hopefully he finds himself a good writing partner though I'm sure they'd have someone make a few unoffical passes at it. EDIT: Uggg Goyer is involved.....nevermind

Sandman though that is a tough nut to crack, likely next to Watchmen which while a faith adaptation is not a good film. Which is the key. To quote Max Scoivlle in a very eloquent episode of his old Study Hall show

"Recently we have lost sight of what adaptation is, espically with comic books coming to the big screen every two weeks. Adaptation implies a certain amount of compromise and transformation during a subjects transition between mediums."

Posted by TheBlackHood

This is great news, hope it happens. I think JGL is a very competent actor so I think it could be good without being over the top. And while we're all putting in our casting calls. I'd like to put forward Ksenia Solo from Lost Girl for Death. Recommending partially because she's awesome and partially because I heart her.

Posted by judasnixon

Aubrey Plaza as Death.......

Posted by shackle

No. Hell no.

Posted by fodigg

Could work. Can they possibly encapsulate the terror that is the Corinthian in live-action though? And should they succeed, will I ever be able to watch such a thing? I have doubts.

Posted by darkbeam

I don't want my Sandman to be a movie.

Posted by SavageDragon

Oh my god, I have high hopes but this might be one of the hardest comics to adapt to film. I still am stupefied by this hours later.

Edited by Protoflash

I would be so psyched if it wasn't for goyer.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

I would rather have SANDman as a Cable TV show, but that's great anyway. I hope it's awesome. I'm not sure about David Goyer though.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@darkbeam said:

I don't want my Sandman to be a movie.

Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26

Imagine Jim Carrey as Sandman...Not saying he would be good...Just a thought.

Posted by TheFirstLantern

i has the first trade but yet to read it. I will make my decision after I do.

Posted by SmoothJammin

My favorite actor and favorite vertigo series on the silver screen? Sign me up!

Jennifer Lawrence as Death plz :)

Posted by Jbreen

This is some pretty awesome news. JGL is a very talented actor/director so I have a lot of faith in him, and with Gaimain hopefully heavily involved i think this could actually turn into something very good even with Goyer attached.

Edited by JediXMan
  1. Ugh, not more JGL.
  2. I wanted an AMC / HBO series.
Posted by Al_capOWN

Isn't this the guy that's supposed to play dr strange?

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