If there’s a unifying theme to Joseph Gordon-Levitt comments about the planned Warner Bros. adaptation of The Sandman, it’s this: The details are still being worked out.
Gordon-Levitt was first linked to the project in November, when word circulated that The Dark Knight Rises screenwriter David S. Goyer had pitched the studio. By mid-December, word surfaced that the actor was closing a deal to produce the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s seminal Vertigo fantasy series, with a possibility of directing and starring in the film.
In a new interview with IGN.com, Gordon-Levitt stressed that the project is in “Very, very early days.” He continued that theme when asked whether he would star in or direct the project, saying, “Lots of potential, but it’s still very early.”
However, he could reveal what drew him to the adaptation, explaining: “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.”