Riding on a high from the success of his directorial debut Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s next big project is about as big as it gets following the news that he’s set to tackle Neil Gaiman’s adored and enormous comic book series, Sandman. For the moment the only thing that’s been confirmed is that he’s ‘involved’ in shifting the cinematic sands for a story that numerous people have tried to develop in the past both for the cinema and television screens. Now with JGL on board, IGN recently probed the director, actor and high-level lip sync artist about what he has in mind.
“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 all honesty, I can’t say I’ve ever picked up on Sandman, it always appeared to be the holy grail of graphic novels. Of course now that’s going to have to change, starting with the first volume, ‘Preludes and Nocturnes’ which fans assumed would be the first story to tell, especially following a tweet from JGL last week that simply said, ‘prelude’. Of course, after getting the followers in a frenzy the actor was quick to dampen the fan fire claiming that there was really nothing to it.
“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.”
The actor went on to say that Sandman really is in the phase of ‘early, early days’ after being asked what capacity he would be involved in the project, be that directing, starring or both. Expect more details as these days pass in the coming months.