Last month, we reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to produce, star and direct Sandman, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's critically-acclaimed graphic novel. The actor later clarified that he is only attached to produce at this time, although he still may star and/or direct. The story centers Morpheus, the personification of Dreams in a family known as The Endless, which represents other aspects of life such as Death, Delirium, Desire, Destruction, Despair and Destiny. The plot follows Morpheus who escapes being imprisoned by a wizard for the past 70 years, embarking on a journey of revenge while trying to rebuild his kingdom. During a recent interview, Joseph Gordon-Levitt revealed what drew him to the project.
"Well, I love just the basic concept of it - just the concept of personifying Dream, along with all of his brothers and sisters, the seven Endless personifying Death, personifying Destruction and Delirium and Destiny and Desire and Despair. I mean, that's just a fascinating and, I think, a really cinematic concept. You look at the art of Sandman, and it just looks spectacular. I love big, spectacular movies, but oftentimes big, spectacular movies sort of get stuck in a rut. They go down certain paths that end in big explosions or whatever. Sandman has so much opportunity to do something that's on a grand, grand scale, but really unlike your average big, grand-scale, spectacular movie. I guess that's the tip of the iceberg."
The actor/producer also spoke about a https://twitter.com/hitRECordJoe/status/412761968022282240|tweet he sent in December regarding Sandman, which included the hashtag #Prelude, the title of the first graphic novel issue.
"I honestly just wrote that as sort of a pun, because this tweet was a prelude to who knows what's to come. Obviously "Prelude" is the title of the first issue, but... Yeah, nothing is cemented yet. But there's so much potential in that material. It's exciting."
He also revealed that the production is in "very, very early days," and said there is "lots of potential" for him to either star as Morpheus or direct, or both. No screenwriter is attached to the adaptation as of yet.