Sandman Is Going To Be A Grand Spectacular Action Film With No Punching

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt attended Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards last night, where he provided an update on the Sandman movie he will produce, direct and probably star in.

“Big spectacular action movies are generally about crime fighters fighting crime and blowing sh-t up. This has nothing to do with that,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt told MTV News. “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. It’s going to be like a grand spectacular action film, but that relies on none of those same old ordinary cliches. So, that’s why it’s taking a lot time to write, but it’s going to be really good.”

Another reason it is taking a long time to adapt Neil Gaiman's beloved comic is that it was written a piece at a time over many years with no clear cinematic beginning, middle, and end. I'm sure JGL, Gaiman, David S. Goyer and screenwriter Jack Thorne can put their heads together and figure it out.

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13 Comments

  1. David S. Goyer. You lost me at it.

  2. I've never read Sandman, but it sounds to me like this would be better suited for HBO or Netflix.

  3. Loved TDK trilogy. Hate Goyer. My belief is that he's the reason that Constantine flopped. That whole season was a disaster arc wise. As long as Gaiman and JGL are a big driving force behind this film, I'm fine.

  4. MyNameisRayPalmer said ... (original post)

    Loved TDK trilogy. Hate Goyer. My belief is that he's the reason that Constantine flopped. That whole season was a disaster arc wise. As long as Gaiman and JGL are a big driving force behind this film, I'm fine.
    What part of being on a bad time slot don't people understand? Also, how do you love the TDK trilogy, but hate the person who was responsible for its story??Sounds like being a hater for no good reason.

    • Jester
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    The Sandman stories are great, but I just don't see them translating well to the screen. I hope I'm wrong. I think you are right about the format though. If they are going to do it, a think it would work better as a series not a movie. They can create a 2 1/2 hour story, but I don't think the people that haven't read it before will get a good understanding of the character, the world of the Dreaming, or the Endless. Something has to left out or skimmed over to fit it into the allotted time. There is too much to try to cram into a movie.

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