Sandman Movie Is A Go, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Is Producer

Sandman Movie Is A Go, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Is Producer

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Neil Gaiman's Sandman is going to get a big screen adaptation, after 20 years of trying.

"Matthew?"

"Yes, boss?"

"Has anyone told Cain that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is going to produce and possibly star in a movie version of our lives?"

"No, boss."

"Good. Abel has enough troubles as it is."

If you're a comic fan of the 1990s, then it's time to break out the bubbly: Neil Gaiman's Sandman will finally be getting a film adaptation, after 20-odd years of trying. Gordon-Levitt will be working with Neil Gaiman himself, as producer, to bring this epic to life. The Dark Knight's David Goyer will be handling the screenplay. Cain may be upset - exposing secrets really isn't something he tolerates - but the rest of us have every reason to rejoice.

Initial reports had Gordon-Levitt as the director and star as well, but the Inception actor's only confirming the producer role. Gordon-Levitt as Morpheus, though? Hmmmmm. Could be very interesting ...

No, we don't know which part of the story Gordon-Levitt's team will be focusing on. If it's any help, he's been using the hashtag #Prelude in his Tweets, which may be a Preludes and Nocturnes reference.

Source: The Verge

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Well this will surely not end in an enraged fanbase.

I actually haven't read any of the Sandman books, but I like the concept and am looking forward to this.

On an unrelated note, this reminds me that I need to go pick up the Sandman books Gaiman wrote with Yoshitaka Amano behind the art. That looks so freakin cool.

Preludes and Nocturnes is probably the best entry level story. Throw in a dash of Doll House and you are set. You have your human every person to introduce to the world (Rose Walker) A bit of universe building. (Trip to hell) and a very creepy villain (Mix Dr. Dee & The Corinthian ) It could work with the right director.

Lono Shrugged:
Preludes and Nocturnes is probably the best entry level story. Throw in a dash of Doll House and you are set. You have your human every person to introduce to the world (Rose Walker) A bit of universe building. (Trip to hell) and a very creepy villain (Mix Dr. Dee & The Corinthian ) It could work with the right director.

Here's to hoping they make it through the rest of the series.

Odd... I would've put my money on this becoming the next HBO series...

not an actual in-theaters film.

I'm not sure that the Sandman would work as a film. The stories are quite slow, thoughtful and full of small whimsical jokes hidden away in the background. I would have thought Sandman would have worked better as a TV show. There is only one person who can play Dream, its just got to be Benedict Cumberbatch.

TheDoctor455:

Lono Shrugged:
Preludes and Nocturnes is probably the best entry level story. Throw in a dash of Doll House and you are set. You have your human every person to introduce to the world (Rose Walker) A bit of universe building. (Trip to hell) and a very creepy villain (Mix Dr. Dee & The Corinthian ) It could work with the right director.

Here's to hoping they make it through the rest of the series.

Odd... I would've put my money on this becoming the next HBO series...

not an actual in-theaters film.

Oh God, an HBO series would be excellent.

Well, assuming they gave it even a fraction of the care they normally give their programming.

The first few issues of Sandman actually would make for a decent movie, since they have a somewhat enclosed narrative of Morpheus retrieving his macguffins. The whole expanded universe madness doesn't start until later on.

I... don't know how to handle this. I remember some rumblings of American Gods becoming a tv series (quick note for those who don't know, it was a book by Gaiman) at some point... Now a Sandman movie? With JGL... How to take this? I think Gordon-Levitt has the talent, but the movie would have to be handled right. Sandman is a unique story, at least in my view. Its very heavy in the imagery department as well as the narrative and needs a perfect touch with cinema to bring it to the big screen. I don't know many directors who can handle that. Something about it makes me think David Fincher would be good, he has a knack for strange, but I don't know. Maybe JGL can handle the directorial himself, he's a smart guy and he's gotta have some love for it if he's going producer on the IP.

I don't know that I'd buy Gordon-Levitt as Morpheus. He's a fine actor, and I think his presence as producer is a good sign that the material is being taken seriously and not just some hackneyed cash-grab. But he just doesn't look like someone who could have witnessed thousands of years of human history. I'd rather have someone like Gabriel Byrne or even Wes Bentley in the part.

Still, he is a talented actor; maybe he'll surprise me.

Now, who plays Death...?

Exterminas:
The first few issues of Sandman actually would make for a decent movie, since they have a somewhat enclosed narrative of Morpheus retrieving his macguffins. The whole expanded universe madness doesn't start until later on.

If they're intending to make a series out of it, though, they might have to work some later stuff into the first movie. Like get Daniel's plot thread started in the first movie.

Symbio Joe:
Well this will surely not end in an enraged fanbase.

Seeing as they are working with the creator of the original book on this, probably not as much as normal. They'll still be enraged, of course, but it will be less pronounced when it becomes very hard to claim "trampling on the source material"

amaranth_dru:
I remember some rumblings of American Gods becoming a tv series (quick note for those who don't know, it was a book by Gaiman) at some point...

In an interview less than a month ago Gaiman confirmed an American Gods TV-series is being worked on, he also mentioned it wasn't HBO, but he was not at liberty to say which station it was.

EDIT: Although in that same interview he also said the Sandman movie was just a rumour...

SonofSpermcube:

Exterminas:
The first few issues of Sandman actually would make for a decent movie, since they have a somewhat enclosed narrative of Morpheus retrieving his macguffins. The whole expanded universe madness doesn't start until later on.

If they're intending to make a series out of it, though, they might have to work some later stuff into the first movie. Like get Daniel's plot thread started in the first movie.

The more I think about it, the better a prospect it sounds. The first collection of stories did a great job at slowly building the world while having great action set pieces. Mash a few elements correctly, hint at the right thing and it could be compelling. It needs the right creative team to pick it apart. Like how Peter Jackson and Co. deconstructed the entire LOTR saga (ignore the Hobbit for this example) and did their upmost to stay true to the books while not leaving the audience short changed or having plot irrelevent characters and subplots (Scouring of the shire/ Tom Bombadil) Now you can fairly argue if it was a good idea or not. But you can't really fault the approach.

I don't see them pulling this off. The way the Sandman was written and the way Hollywood operates are too much at odds. You could probably make an interesting movie, but the film industry would never allow it because they don't expect the average movie-going audience (or what they see as the average movie-going audience, which would be something akin to a tapeworm with disposable income) to handle something that slow and thoughtful.

Yeah, it's hard to argue that an HBO series wouldn't be a MUCH better fit...But I think there's a way to make a movie, as well. I'm not gonna activate my pre-emptive fan rage just yet.

So I don't know where people are getting the idea that Neil Gaiman is involved in this project. Here's what he had to say:

"I don't get to allow or not allow Sandman adaptations. When I was 26, and I signed the Sandman contract, it was as work for hire. DC Comics (now DC Entertainment, part of Warner Bros) own all of Sandman, including movie and TV rights, and always have done.

Like you, I've seen the tweet from Joseph that says he's a producer on a SANDMAN movie. He's a fine actor and a smart director, and a really nice man. Like you, I'm interested in seeing what happens next."

albino boo:
I'm not sure that the Sandman would work as a film. The stories are quite slow, thoughtful and full of small whimsical jokes hidden away in the background. I would have thought Sandman would have worked better as a TV show. There is only one person who can play Dream, its just got to be Benedict Cumberbatch.

He'd be my second choice. My first pick for Dream would be Keanu Reeves.

He even looks like the guy.

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I haven't even heard of this series. Can someone give me the basic gist of it?

Pinkamena:
I haven't even heard of this series. Can someone give me the basic gist of it?

Oh man, is this gonna be hard. >_<

Uh, the gist of it is that there are seven anthropomorphic personifications of...reality and life called the Endless who exist as really dysfunctional siblings. There's Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium. The series follows Dream when he's called down and imprisoned by a cult for several decades, follows his escape and attempt to rebuild his kingdom, and explores the immense political and emotional fallout in the spiritual worlds that came from having one of the Endless sealed away for so long. There's fairies (old school variety), gods, monsters, and just about pretty much any kind of mythical creature involved as characters. Even Lucifer plays an important role.

In short, it's really weird, quite often disturbing, but really (and I mean really) good.

TakerFoxx:

Pinkamena:
I haven't even heard of this series. Can someone give me the basic gist of it?

Oh man, is this gonna be hard. >_<

Uh, the gist of it is that there are seven anthropomorphic personifications of...reality and life called the Endless who exist as really dysfunctional siblings. There's Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium. The series follows Dream when he's called down and imprisoned by a cult for several decades, follows his escape and attempt to rebuild his kingdom, and explores the immense political and emotional fallout in the spiritual worlds that came from having one of the Endless sealed away for so long. There's fairies (old school variety), gods, monsters, and just about pretty much any kind of mythical creature involved as characters. Even Lucifer plays an important role.

In short, it's really weird, quite often disturbing, but really (and I mean really) good.

Fascinating! I will see if I can find it somewhere.

Pinkamena:
Fascinating! I will see if I can find it somewhere.

It's really popular, so they should have it at most places where graphic novels are sold.

I do not approve. Sandman has way too many details and subplots for it to make a decent movie. It would make a great SERIES, but a movie? The movie would butcher it, just like the movie did with Hellblazer. Unless we get a full Harry Potter-seven-movies-miniseries, this isn't going to end well.

albino boo:
I'm not sure that the Sandman would work as a film. The stories are quite slow, thoughtful and full of small whimsical jokes hidden away in the background. I would have thought Sandman would have worked better as a TV show. There is only one person who can play Dream, its just got to be Benedict Cumberbatch.

First reaction: "Huh, a fanboy. You can't just have Benedict Cumberbatch in every..."
Second: "..yOHGODHESRIGHT!!!"

Also, due to the narrative quirks and tricks used, Sandman will always work best as a comic. They truly do need a good director.

On another note. Preludes and Nocturnes isn't the best is a good introductory story, but isn't exactly THE Sandman story in the same way something like "Doll's House" or "Kindly ones", Nor does it feature certain immortal englishman.

Best case scenario: The project is made with a LOTR level attention to right casting and effects, with a compelling narrative that captures the otherworldly feel of the comics, along with appropriate mix of fantasy and strong characters.

Worst case: Selling this like an action flick. (Stupid, considering the comic, but I wouldn't put it past hollywood) Joseph "Don Jon" Gordon-Levitt as Morpheus, mystical personification of Dreaming. making it just action or just horror(worse: Making the film BORING)
And, of course: If the film just gets stuck in developement hell.

Karloff:

No, we don't know which part of the story Gordon-Levitt's team will be focusing on. If it's any help, he's been using the hashtag #Prelude in his Tweets, which may be a Preludes and Nocturnes reference.

There's also a slight possibility that it could be the current Sandman series, which is supposed to ultimately explain how he was weakened enough to get captured at the beginning of the original series, and why he was decked out in all his battle gear.

But yeah, as mentioned above it seems more likely to be about him getting free and recovering his battle gear.

As much as I'd like this movie to happen, I'm going to maintain a "I'll believe it when I see the previews" attitude

If you're a comic fan of the 1990s

Or indeed if you're a comic fan at all. I grew up in the nineties, sure, but only really got into comics that weren't my dad's from the seventies in the 2000s. And I can still recognise what a work of art the Sandman stories are

Rag Doll:

albino boo:
I'm not sure that the Sandman would work as a film. The stories are quite slow, thoughtful and full of small whimsical jokes hidden away in the background. I would have thought Sandman would have worked better as a TV show. There is only one person who can play Dream, its just got to be Benedict Cumberbatch.

First reaction: "Huh, a fanboy. You can't just have Benedict Cumberbatch in every..."
Second: "..yOHGODHESRIGHT!!!"

Also, due to the narrative quirks and tricks used, Sandman will always work best as a comic. They truly do need a good director.

On another note. Preludes and Nocturnes isn't the best is a good introductory story, but isn't exactly THE Sandman story in the same way something like "Doll's House" or "Kindly ones", Nor does it feature certain immortal englishman.

Best case scenario: The project is made with a LOTR level attention to right casting and effects, with a compelling narrative that captures the otherworldly feel of the comics, along with appropriate mix of fantasy and strong characters.

Worst case: Selling this like an action flick. (Stupid, considering the comic, but I wouldn't put it past hollywood) Joseph "Don Jon" Gordon-Levitt as Morpheus, mystical personification of Dreaming. making it just action or just horror(worse: Making the film BORING)
And, of course: If the film just gets stuck in developement hell.

Cumberbatch looks the part and has the voice for Dream. He has the ability to do the intensity and oddness that the part requires. I do think they have to start with Preludes and Nocturnes because it lays down the roots of many of the plots to come. The whole Rose Walker plot line ultimately relies on events in Preludes and Nocturnes. As to the best format, given a little more time to think , I suspect the way to go would be hand drawn animation. You could maintain the feel and look of Sandman while adding movement.

Zachary Amaranth:

TheDoctor455:

Lono Shrugged:
Preludes and Nocturnes is probably the best entry level story. Throw in a dash of Doll House and you are set. You have your human every person to introduce to the world (Rose Walker) A bit of universe building. (Trip to hell) and a very creepy villain (Mix Dr. Dee & The Corinthian ) It could work with the right director.

Here's to hoping they make it through the rest of the series.

Odd... I would've put my money on this becoming the next HBO series...

not an actual in-theaters film.

Oh God, an HBO series would be excellent.

Well, assuming they gave it even a fraction of the care they normally give their programming.

Wow. Yeah gees, I can't even begin to comprehend how Sandman could work as a two hour movie. Well whatever they do I hope they avoid making another cinematic abortion like Constantine.

Realitycrash:
I do not approve. Sandman has way too many details and subplots for it to make a decent movie. It would make a great SERIES, but a movie? The movie would butcher it, just like the movie did with Hellblazer. Unless we get a full Harry Potter-seven-movies-miniseries, this isn't going to end well.

Hellblazer didn't have to be a bad movie. The first bunch of issues are single issue stories that are pretty self-contained. What made that movie not work was that the movie character was nothing like the comic character.

Pinkamena:
I haven't even heard of this series. Can someone give me the basic gist of it?

... Ah, my daily dose of, "I am really f*cking old*. Thank you, I might've forgotten. ;) Teasing aside, I hope you find it and give it a go, I think it remains pretty solidly enjoyable. May I suggest starting with Seasons of Mists? IMHO it wasn't until Gaiman got Preludes and Nocturns out of his system that he figured out the voice he wanted to write in, and Seasons of Mists explains everything perfectly well as it goes along, so you'll not find yourself missing vital background.

Now geddafuggoffmahlawn, g'won, git!

Kids.

I read the series in my late teens, so it's a bit of a trick trying to cast for people now as opposed to then. F'rinstance, then my choice for Death was Fairuza Balk, whereas now I'm leaning towards, I dunno, Kaya Scodelario. Tom Hiddleston as Dream*... or, in an only slightly less serious take, Dylan Moran. Orlando Bloom as Desire. Rebel Wilson as Despair (hardly a flattering recommendation for any actor but I see her as having the skill and the confidence to pull it off). Andrew Scott as Lucifer**, based on his laugh alone and because they'd be damned fools not to start off with Seasons of Mist. Alan Cumming as Lucien. Alan Rickman as Destiny. Never got much of a clear read on Destruction, so eh, whomever.

Would dearly love to cast Constantine as anyone but Keanu Reeves. Rupert Graves would be my go-to, actually. A shade too old, maybe. But only just.

Also, while an HBO series would probably provide the best possible outcome, I think it's also quite likely to have a higher risk of mediocrity than if a studio commits to a movie, Hellraiser notwithstanding. ...besides, I want Preacher to be the Vertigo-to-tv thing.

* Yes, yes, Cumberbatch, I know. It stands to reason, he is in every other damn thing. But, for the sake of argument, let's think outside the box.

** ooh OOH! Or Benedict Cumberbatch!

Pickapok:

albino boo:
I'm not sure that the Sandman would work as a film. The stories are quite slow, thoughtful and full of small whimsical jokes hidden away in the background. I would have thought Sandman would have worked better as a TV show. There is only one person who can play Dream, its just got to be Benedict Cumberbatch.

He'd be my second choice. My first pick for Dream would be Keanu Reeves.

He even looks like the guy.

Keanu Reeves as Morpheus? I like the idea, but pretty much anyone who's seen The Matrix would be utterly confused.

OT: OMG, holy shit, YES! I don't care if it's wrong for me to be excited for this movie, because I am! It's not like Hollywood hasn't taken rather subplot-driven comics and made them into good movies before.

I concur with the Cumberbatch proposition :) He can pull it off brilliantly, given good direction.
As for the writing, I still demand to be impressed. The Batman trilogy was nice, but this is different material.
The ambiance is just not the same; and obviously it cannot be made "realistic".

It cannot, right?

Maybe they'll re-write the stuff... It would be a MASSIVE mistake, but it's not uneard of.
I guess I'll see it when it comes out, if it comes out.

Just saying: Constantine should have been played by James Marsters (and at least partly set in England, of course).

TakerFoxx:

Pinkamena:
Fascinating! I will see if I can find it somewhere.

It's really popular, so they should have it at most places where graphic novels are sold.

Where should I start?

GamerMage:

TakerFoxx:

Pinkamena:
Fascinating! I will see if I can find it somewhere.

It's really popular, so they should have it at most places where graphic novels are sold.

Where should I start?

The Doll House is considered when the series first came into its own, but Preludes and Nocturnes is where the story proper begins. It goes Preludes and Nocturnes->The Doll House->Dream Country->Season of Mists->A Game of You->Fables and Reflections->Brief Lives->World's End->The Kindly Ones->The Wake, with The Endless acting as a sort of side volume.

 

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