New Line Cinema continues to dream that an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN will take shape. Unfortunately, it seems that it’ll have to happen without producer, director and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who just announced that he has exited the project.
Gordon-Levitt cites creative differences as the reason for his departure saying, “I came to realized that the folks at New Line and I just don’t see eye to eye on what makes Sandman special, and what a film adaptation could/should be.”
This news comes just days after New Line announced writer Eric Heisserer would handle scripting duties. His resume includes “The Thing” (2011), “Final Destination 5” and the screenplay for the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” reboot.
It’s a shame that audiences will never get to see Gordon-Levitt’s vision materialize. and it’s hard enough to imagine what this film would even look like given its source material.
He finished his post by wishing the team the best of luck moving forward, which they are going to need. Because a “Sandman” movie has been in development for over 20 years now. Give it another 50 in development hell, and the filmmakers can make a meta joke about the movie being imprisoned for 70 years like its main character Morpheus.
You can read Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s full post below:
So, as you might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, a while back, David Goyer and I made a producing deal with Warner Brothers to develop a movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN. Neil himself came on as an executive producer, we hired the excellent screenwriter, Jack Thorne, and we started in on the ambitious task of adapting one of the most beloved and boundary-pushing titles in the world of comics. I was pleased with the progress we were making, even though we still had quite a ways to go.
Recently, as you also might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, the sorta “ownership” (for lack of a better term) of the Sandman material changed hands when Warner Brothers shifted the entire catalogue of Vertigo comics (an imprint of DC) to their subsidiary, New Line. And a few months ago, I came to realize that the folks at New Line and I just don’t see eye to eye on what makes Sandman special, and what a film adaptation could/should be. So unfortunately, I decided to remove myself from the project. I wish nothing but the best for the team moving forward.
I’d like to thank all the great people I’ve had the opportunity to work with on this one. I’ve had a blast with and learned a ton from David and Jack. Niija Kuykendall, Greg Silverman, and everyone at Warner Brothers have been fantastic, as have Geoff Johns and everyone at DC. And it’s been a particular privilege as well as a rocking good time getting to know Mr. Gaiman, whose generous insights and masterful work have certainly convinced me that the Lord of Dreams and the Prince of Stories are one and the same Endless pattern.
The writer of this piece is: Laurence Almalvez
Laurence tweets from @IL1511