Joseph Gordon-Levitt is easily one of the busiest and most talented young actors working in Hollywood, and he's been branching out in other aspects of the business. On top of acting, he's currently running his HitRECord web project, he made his directorial debut with Don Jon, and he was an executive producer on Looper. He's now looking at developing the long awaited big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, which he is looking to star in and direct.
In a recent interview with Moviefone, Gordon-Levitt gave an update on the film saying that he's been working on the script with David Goyer and Gaiman. He explains,
"It's a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan Batman movies. It's really exciting. There's not a script yet, we're still kind of working it out because it's such a complicated adaptation because Sandman wasn't written as novels. Sin City was written as a novel. Sandman is 75 episodic issues. There's a reason people have been trying and failing to adapt Sandman for the past 20 years….You know, we're still in the middle of it, so I don't want to make any claims, but I think we've got the right ideas."
I can only imagine how hard it is for these guys to come up with the right story to make the fans happy, but I think they have a great team of talent working on it, and if anyone can pull it off, it's these guys. They also recently brought in screenwriter Jack Thorne, who recently adapted Nick Hornby's dark comedic novel A Long Way Down, to help draft Sandman's new screenplay.
Obviously the project is still very far away from becoming a reality as they don't even have a script yet. The project won't even get a greenlight from Warner Bros. until that is done.
The Sandman comic series was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. But, it wasn't until Neil Gaiman came along and wrote the series that it really became popular. The 75+ issue comic arc ran from January of 1989 to March of 1996. The studio has been trying to get a movie made since as far back as 1996.
The story focuses on Morpheus, the Lord of the Dreaming, a deity who personifies dreams. Gaiman also introduced the Endless, a group of powerful brothers and sisters named Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire, and Delirium (as well as Dream).