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Joseph Gordon-Levitt give us an update on 'Sandman'
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be seen cracking skulls this weekend in the graphic novel adaptation "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," but excitement is already building for his big screen take on a different iconic comic book: "Sandman."
The actor is signed on to direct and star in Warner Bros.' long-planned adaptation of the landmark Neil Gaiman fantasy series, and J.G.L. thinks he and co-writers Jack Thorne ("Skins") and David S. Goyer ("Man of Steel," "The Dark Knight Rises") are on the right track.
"Right now we're working on a script," he told Moviefone. "It's me and Goyer and the screenwriter [Thorne, presumably] and Neil Gaiman, as well as the good folks at DC and Warner Bros. It's a really cool team of people. It's a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan 'Batman' movies. It's really exciting."
"There's not a script yet," he added, "we're still kind of working it out because it's such a complicated adaptation because 'Sandman' wasn't written as novels. '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...We're still in the middle of it, so I don't want to make any claims, but I think we've got the right ideas."
Gaiman's "Sandman" was tangentially connected to more mainstream DC Comcis characters like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, but offered an entire mythology of its own, something Gordon-Levitt hopes to capture in the film (or, perhaps, series of films).
"It's such a huge world," he explained. "We're definitely talking about in terms of a whole world."