Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks Big Screen Adaptation of Sandman

“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, Gordon-Levitt said: “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 postition he will take on for the film, he’s said to be in contention to both star and direct, Gordon-Levitt simply said things are in the “very, very early days.” What do you hope to see in a Sandman movie? Sound off below!

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