Gaiman Talks J.G. Levitt’s “Sandman” Exit

This weekend came word that actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has opted out of starring in and directing New Line’s live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed “Sandman” comic series.

Gordon-Levitt released a statement online just hours after word broke of the project hiring scribe Eric Heisserer to tackle a new draft of the script. Now, Gaiman himself has responded to Levitt’s decision and answered a some fan questions online:

“Reminder for the curious: I don’t own ‘Sandman’, DC Comics does. I don’t choose who writes scripts, the director, producer or cast. The deal was done when I was 26, long ago, & I figured it was worth it.

He’s an original character, created by me, Mike Dringenberg & Sam Kieth, but done as Work For Hire for DC Comics. For me, what’s important is the 2,500 pages of ‘Sandman’, not a movie that may or may not ever happen.

For the record, my respect for Gordon-Levitt, is undiminished. Getting to know him was the best bit of the last round. He’s special… I very much hope [we work together on something else]. I would love to work with Gordon-Levitt some more. He’s smart, honest & really nice.”

The “Sandman” film remains in development at New Line.