Following on from the news last night that star Joseph Gordon Levitt was set to star in AND direct a big screen adaptation of DC comics/Vertigo’s Sandman, we at FTN have been keeping our eyes and ears open for more exciting news on the project.
Levitt himself has taken to twitter (@hitRECordJoe) to answer fans and clarify details of the project ranging from the comical to the very interesting –
While he says he has only signed on to produce I find it highly unlikely he won’t at LEAST star in the film. Levitt as it stands would be wonderful in the role of Morpheus, the main ‘protagonist’ in the Sandman book.
For anyone unfamiliar with the books premise, Sandman by award winning author Neil Gaiman follows Morpheus, one of the seven Endless who are beings as old as time itself and who each embody a different aspect of the universe, Morpheus being Dream. The book garnered immense critical and fan acclaim in its run and in 1991 became the first and only comic since to win a World Fantasy Award for best Short Fiction for issue #19 ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream.’
Another interesting note to make is Levitt’s hashtag of #prelude. This would appear to indicate that they are set to adapt the first collected edition in the series entitled ‘Preludes and Nocturnes’. Here’s a short synopsis of that collection from DC’s own website –
”An occultist attempting to capture Death and bargain for eternal life, traps Death’s younger brother Dream instead. After his 70-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Morpheus goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey, Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine and an all-powerful madman.”
As always we’ll keep you posted with any more news as it develops.