The world of the comic book movie is become much more fast-paced. When the rumor hit a few weeks ago that David Goyer was pitching a Sandman film to Warners with Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached, we thought that it would be years before heard anything more about it. Not so.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has appeared to confirmed that he has signed on via his Twitter feed.
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) December 17, 2013
Deadline is reported earlier today that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in the final stages of signing on to do the project, definitely as an actor, most likely as director as well. But first a script has to be written from Goyer’s treatment and before that happens, as writer has to be hired. I’m sure we’ll find out what Gordon-Levitt’s job duties on the film will be in the coming days.
Gordon-Levitt recently made his feature debut as writer and director with Don Jon, and I think he did fairly well. However, if Sandman is to be done right, it will be a far bigger undertaking. However, the fact that Neil Gaiman (he’s the @neilhimself in Gordon-Levitt’s Tweet) will be involved in some fashion certainly is reassuring. And I can totally see Gordon-Levitt in the role.
The Sandman is still one of DC/Vertigo’s most popular properties, still selling load of trade paper back collection now even after 17 years since the last issue of the regular series was published. And the concept has a lot of mainstream crossover appeal, meaning it is either the gateway into comic books for new readers or the one comic book non-collectors will admit to be reading. So it’s pretty much a no-brainer that Warners would want to get it up on the silver screen as soon as possible.
More on this situation as it develops.
UPDATE: Gordon-Levitt has said that he has signed on only as a producer…for now.