Looking at Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman,” his beautifully rendered fantastical magnum opus of a graphic novel series, many have said the only way it can be properly adapted and remain relatively faithful it is to do it as a high-end cable TV series.
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is currently working with producer David S. Goyer and Jack Thorne on the script for the big-budget film adaptation of the property, says that the property is better done on film than as a film. In a new Reddit AMA session, he says:
“I think a big screen adaptation is a better idea and here’s why. If you did the episodic version, I think it could very well end up as a not-as-good-version of what is already brilliant in the comics. But by reworking the material into a big movie, Gaiman’s brilliant characters and ideas get to take shape in a way they never have before.
Also, I think Sandman deserves to look absolutely mind-blowingly awesome, just on a visual level, and as cinematic as some TV shows are becoming these days, they still can’t compete with big movies visually, just because they can’t afford to.”
Gordon-Levitt also goes on to say the film’s story will deviate from the comics quite a bit, though the spirit of them will remain:
“There’s tons of little brilliant moments throughout the series, and we certainly can’t incorporate all of them. We are using a whole bunch of specifics straight from the comics, but of course, we’re also having to do a certain amount of invention, and in between that, there’s tons of re-appropriating, re-contextualizing, combining, consolidating, and all manner of things that literalists might not like. But what we try to be completely faithful about is the overall sentiment: that Dreams and Stories and Magic are actually all the same thing, and that they’re real, and that they’re powerful.”
Rumors continue to swirl that Gordon-Levitt himself may direct, but that has not been confirmed as yet. Meanwhile The Wrap reports that the film and several other properties based on Vertigo comics are now officially moving from Warner Bros. Pictures to its smaller sister studio New Line.