Gordon-Levitt Talks "Sandman" Film's "Complicated" Nature

While we've seen plenty of action lately in the superhero corner of Warner Bros.' DC endeavors, things have been quiet for a while where the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's classic Vertigo series "Sandman" is concerned. That all changed over the weekend when MTV caught up with "Sandman" producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt and got an update on the project.

"It's really good, man. It's slow but steady," Gordon-Levitt said to MTV News. "It's a really complicated adaptation because those comics, they're brilliant, but they're not written as a whole. It's not like 'Watchmen,' which is a graphic novel that has a beginning, middle, and end. 'Sandman' was written over the course of whatever -- I forget exactly, six or seven years. One at a time. One little 20-page issue at a time. And to try to take that and make it into something that's a feature film -- a movie that has a beginning, middle, and end -- is complicated."

"Sandman" was originally published by the DC Comics mature readers imprint Vertigo from 1989 to 1996, lasting a total of 75 issues. The film adaptation gained screenwriter Jack Thorne in February, who has been tasked with crafting a screenplay from a pitch by David S. Goyer. Gordon-Levitt's recent comments echo what he said back in late 2014 in an interview with Moviefone. "We're still kind of working it out, because it's such a complicated adaptation because 'Sandman' wasn't written as novels," said Gordon-Levitt back in August 2014. "'Sin City' was written as a novel. 'Sandman' is 75 episodic issues. There's a reason people have been trying and failing to adapt 'Sandman' for the past 20 years."

Gordon-Levitt went on to add that "Sandman" will stay true to the nature of the original series -- meaning it won't look like any other comic book movie out there. "Big spectacular action movies are generally about crime fighters fighting crime and blowing shit up. This has nothing to do with that," said JGL. "And it was actually one of the things that Neil Gaiman said to me, he said 'Don't have any punching.' Because he never does. If you read the comics, Morpheus doesn't punch anybody. That's not what he does."

You can check out the entire MTV interview in the video below.

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