It caught many by surprise last month when it was announced that "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in talks to produce, star and direct an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed graphic novel series "Sandman".
Gordon-Levitt went on to say he's only attached to produce at this point, but may still star or direct. Speaking with IGN this week, the actor says the project is in "very, very early days" with no writer attached at this point. He did reveal why he's interested in such a 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."
In December he posted a tweet about Sandman that included the hashtag "#Prelude", the name of the first issue in the series. JGL explained the thinking behind that:
"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."