With Warners and DC having released a massive schedule of movies between now and 2020 we can assume that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Sandman project is part of that schedule although most likely not related to the Man of Steel universe already set up.
Now Gordon-Levitt has been talking, reports Darkhorizons, about where the movie currently in in development: “Right now we’re working on a script. It’s me and Goyer and the screenwriter and Neil Gaiman, as well as the good folks at DC and Warner Bros. It’s a really cool team of people. It’s a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan ‘Batman’ movies. It’s really exciting.
“There’s not a script yet, we’re still kind of working it out because it’s such a complicated adaptation because ‘Sandman’ wasn’t written as novels. ‘Sin City’ was written as a novel. ‘Sandman’ is 75 episodic issues. There’s a reason people have been trying and failing to adapt ‘Sandman’ for the past 20 years.”
It also looks like he may have learned a thing or two on Sin City: “The green screen methodology of Sin City – I wanted to see how Rodriguez handled that. Because on my show we do a lot of stuff on green screen and if you watch the show with Sin City in mind, you’ll see a commonality here in the approach to the filmmaking.
“How we do it is we film the actors against a green screen and then put that footage up on the site and so animators and illustrators can contribute their graphics and it all gets stitched together to create the world around the actors.”
No word on when Sandman will hit – or rather where it fits into the schedule (see link above) – but it’s probably a couple of years away yet.