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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Says "Literalists Might Not Like" His "Sandman" Adaptation

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is hard at work trying to turn Neil Gaiman's masterpiece "Sandman" into a feature film. During a recent Reddit AMA, the film's producer/director revealed that the process of adapting the series for the screen may not sit well with comic purists.

When asked if any parts of the "A Game of You" storyline would make it into the film, Gordon-Levitt responded, "Yeah, there's tons of little brilliant moments throughout the series, and we certainly can't incorporate all of them. We are using a whole bunch of specifics straight from the comics, but of course, we're also having to do a certain amount of invention, and in between that, there's tons of re-appropriating, re-contextualizing, combining, consolidating, and all manner of things that literalists might not like."

While that could be a frightening thought to die-hard "Sandman" fans, Gordon-Levitt ended his comment with assurances that the spirit of the comic will survive. "But what we try to be completely faithful about is the overall sentiment: that Dreams and Stories and Magic are actually all the same thing, and that they're real, and that they're powerful."

A separate Redditor asked if Gordon-Levitt thought doing an episodic television series might better serve the character. "I think a big screen adaptation is a better idea and here's why. If you did the episodic version, I think it could very well end up as a not-as-good-version of what is already brilliant in the comics. But by reworking the material into a big movie, Gaiman's brilliant characters and ideas get to take shape in a way they never have before," he explained, adding, "Also, I think Sandman deserves to look absolutely mind-blowingly awesome, just on a visual level, and as cinematic as some tv shows are becoming these days, they still can't compete with big movies visually, just because they can't afford to."

Gordon-Levitt is currently working on a script for the film alongside producer David S. Goyer and screenwriter Jack Thorne. Gaiman will executive produce the project.

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