Some amazing news has come through regarding the long gestating project to bring Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic series to the big screen. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is teaming up with Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel screenplay writer David S. Goyer to bring the comic series to life as a film.
For those who haven’t read it, The Sandman is a very big deal in the world of comics, the series is from Neil Gaiman and was published by DC Comics before being moved into DC’s Vertigo line as one of the Vertigo launch titles. The central character in the series is the Lord of Dreams, likely to be portrayed by Gordon-Levitt who is also attached to direct the film.
The following came directly from Jospeh Gordon-Levitt’s twitter account where he hints at the first story arc from the comics called “Preludes and Nocturnes”.
What’s great to see is that Neil Gaiman appears to be involved according to the above tweet, which can only be a good thing for the film series.
Across the entire series of Sandman and the spin-off comics series of which there have been several, this property has won 26 Eisner Awards, and is one of the most well regarded works in comics. There’s a lot to live up to in terms of a translation that captures the spirit of the book, while working as a standalone film which is capable of flowing into a larger franchise.
Definitely something to be excited and possibly concerned about, also a good time to revisit (or read for the first time) Neil Gaiman’s classic series. If you’re interested in film’s adapted from some of his other works then take a look at Stardust, Beowulf, and Coraline.