It was announced last month that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be involved in a big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic series, and now in an interview with IGN, he’s offered his first comments on the project.
When asked what drew him to the material:
“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.”
Regarding his tweet on the matter that included the phrase “prelude,” which many assumed alluded to the first collection of the series, JGL cleared things up:
“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.”
Though he wouldn’t confirm what role he will take on for the film, he’s said to be set to both star and direct, Gordon-Levitt simply said things are:
“Early days. Very, very early days.”
When asked if after being in The Dark Knight Rises, A Dame to Kill For, and soon Sandman if he felt like he’d done enough comic book stuff or if the right Marvel project came along:
“Yeah, I don’t pay as much attention to the categories or genres of things. I pay attention to what the material is about. Does it resonate with me? Does it inspire me? Who are the collaborators? That kind of thing.”
What do you want to see in a Sandman movie?What Marvel role can you see JGL in?