Hey guys! Horrorella here...
Quick update. Last month, we learned (via Badass Digest) that David Goyer was trying to sell Warner Bros. on a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt reportedly also circling the project (though we didn't know in what capacity). It looks like this film might officially be a "go."
Deadline reports that Gordon-Levitt is currently finalizing a deal to produce the film, along with David Goyer. Deadline confirms that Gordon-Levitt is set to star in the film as well, and may be directing as well. Deadline indicates that the search is currently on for a writer, so it looks like Goyer is going to stick with the role of producer on this one.
Gordon-Levitt tweeted confirmation as well, and also gave an indication as to the possible story arc that will serve as the basis of the film.
The "prelude" in question could likely be the Preludes and Nocturnes story line, wherein Dream is captured and, upon release, must hunt down three objects of power in order to restore his realm (The Dreaming), which has withered during his entrapment. While it seems a logical jumping off place storywise, I am still rather hesitant to embrace the idea of a Sandman film. The mythology is so vast and detailed that it seems an impossible task to boil it down to a two-hour story. But, Preludes could help to lay the proper groundwork to delve deeper into that mythos in later films (assuming, of course, that later films are part of the deal).
There have been multiple attempts at adapting the property over the years, but none have come to fruition. It will be interesting to see how this project develops moving forward. It is certainly a tricky proposition.
What do you guys think?
UPDATE: Joseph Gordon-Levitt provided some additional clarification via Twitter:
Just to clarify, folks. I've signed on as a producer on Sandman. The rest remains to be seen. Delighted you guys are excited. I am too!
So time will tell just to what degree he is involved with the project. The rest of it is not set in stone, but I'm willing to be this isn't the last we hear about it.