The long-awaited film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” comics is still in development and last year word was that Jack Thorne (“A Long Way Down”) had signed on to write the screenplay adaptation with Neil Gaiman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David S. Goyer producing
Appearing at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards over the weekend, Gordon-Levitt gave an update on the project’s status to MTV saying that progress is good but slow:
“It’s really good, man. It’s slow but steady. It’s a really complicated adaptation because those comics, they’re brilliant. But they’re not written as a whole. It’s not like ‘Watchmen,’ which is a graphic novel that has a beginning, middle, and end. ‘Sandman’ was written over the course of whatever – I forget exactly, six or seven years. One at a time. One little 20-page issue at a time. And to try to take that and make it into something that’s a feature film – a movie that has a beginning, middle, and end – is complicated.”
Levitt also cautions those who will go in expecting something akin to the big action-packed blockbusters that the genre mostly consists of these days:
“Big spectacular action movies are generally about crime fighters fighting crime and blowing sh-t up. This has nothing to do with that. And it was actually one of the things that Neil Gaiman said to me, he said ‘Don’t have any punching.’ Because he never does. If you read the comics, Morpheus doesn’t punch anybody. That’s not what he does. It’s going to be like a grand spectacular action film, but that relies on none of those same old ordinary cliches. So, that’s why it’s taking a lot time to write, but it’s going to be really good.”
When the film could go into production is anyone’s guess at this point. All that’s known is that it will NOT be a part of the DC Cinematic Universe that Warner Bros. Pictures is developing.