Monday, December 16, 2013

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to direct and star in 'Sandman'

I'm one-third really excited about this.

It was just reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, he of Dark Knight Rises and Don Jon, will direct and star in Sandman---a title over which has gushed extensively---based on a treatment from David Goyer.

The one-third I'm excited about is Gordon-Levitt as Morpheus. He should absolutely nail this part and I could not be more thrilled that they cast him.

The two-thirds I'm tentative about are his direction and Goyer's treatment. This film will have to feature major visual effects, which Gordon-Levitt is unexperienced in wielding. Can he handle it? Sandman is a complex story which requires a clear visual vision. Can he pull that off?

Also, why is Goyer writing a treatment of Neil Gaiman? Why not get Gaiman himself to do it? Goyer's Dark Knight trilogy is of course excellent, but his Man of Steel script underwhelmed me, Jumper was no good, FlashForward fizzled, and let's not get into Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance or Blade Trinity.

So basically, removed from Christopher Nolan's direction, it's been 15 years since Goyer wrote something I loved. And I want to love the Sandman movie. So whoever they bring in to write this thing…I hope Goyer has some distance from it. That's all.


  1. I'm not one to nay say on principle. This movie could quite possibly be lovely - particularly if it focuses entirely on the first story arc of the book, and sets up a 10 film series. From a narrative perspective, the trickiest part about adapting Sandman is that the narrative contains such nested storytelling. It is a story that begs not to be told in a linear fashion. If only there was director whose every movie elegantly wove stories that bounced back and forth in time... perhaps someone Gordon-Levitt has worked with recently...?

    As for Morpheus, there are a zillion different interpretations that could all work very well. However, it does seem that there is a certain undeniable magic in having him be tall, gaunt, and British with a deep basso voice. It might be cumbersome, but I'm sure there's an actor that would match...

  2. Um, that's hilarious. I would have totally voted for Cumberbatch for the part as well but I like JG-H's physicality and I think he CAN do it well. But giving him the director's chair…for such a seminal property…with no experience….I'm nervous.