‘Sandman’ creator Neil Gaiman, who penned the 75 issues of the groundbreaking Vertigo Comics series from 1989-1996 as well as last year’s ‘Sandman: Overture’ six-issue miniseries, worked closely with Joseph Gordon-Levitt who spent years developing a potential movie based on the comic.  But as we just reported, Gordon-Levitt has parted ways with the production, which is still being developed by New Line Cinema (a subsidiary of Warner Brothers which now owns DC and Vertigo Comics).  Gordon-Levitt said, in part:

“I came to realize that the folks at New Line and I just don’t see eye to eye on what makes Sandman special, and what a film adaptation could/should be. So unfortunately, I decided to remove myself from the project. I wish nothing but the best for the team moving forward.”

Now, Gaiman has offered his reaction to this news, stating:

“And, for the record, my respect for [Joseph Gordon-Levitt], is undiminished. Getting to know him was the best bit of the last round. He’s special. ”

“I very much hope [ to work together on something else]. I would love to work with [Joe] some more. He’s smart, honest and really nice.”

Though Gaiman is the creator most closely identified with ‘Sandman’ he is quick to point out that he is but a co-creator and that the book was done on a work-for-hire basis for DC/Vertigo who have the ultimate say in what is done with the character and concepts in comics as well as in other adapted works.

“Reminder for the curious: I don’t own SANDMAN. DC Comics does. I don’t choose who writes scripts, the director, producer or cast. The deal was done when I was 26, long ago, & I figured it was worth it…He’s an original character, created by me, Mike Dringenberg and Sam Kieth, but done as Work For Hire for DC Comics.”

In another medium, FOX recently premiered an ongoing series ‘Lucifer’ based on a ‘Sandman’ supporting character.  The show has had strong ratings, debuting to 10 million viewers, but has been attacked by Christian groups over the subject matter and gotten tepid reviews due to its police procedural format.

Will ‘Sandman’ ever make it to the big screen?  Time will tell.  With Gordon-Levitt out, are there any Hollywood directors/stars who would make a good fit for this project?

Source: Comic Book Movie