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David S. Goyer has pitched a Sandman movie to Warner Bros, Joseph Gordon-Levitt rumored to be involved

Nov. 20, 2013by:

Neil Gaiman's SANDMAN is a comic loved by fans and critics alike. The surreal and sprawling tale of Morpheus and his family as they traverse realms both real and fictional has long been a contender for either big or small screen translation and yet nothing has really happened. The most recent person to show interest in the project was THE WOLVERINE's James Mangold, with Joel Schumacher and Matthew Vaughn also showing interesting, but now we have rumors that someone has actually pitched a project to Warner Bros.

Badass Digest claims that MAN OF STEEL and THE DARK KNIGHT screenwriter David S. Goyer is developing a SANDMAN movie with support from comics writer Geoff Johns and Joseph Gordon-Levitt possibly starring as Morpheus. The site stresses that their source is reputable but that this is in the very earliest of development stages. Either way, with Goyer's first look deal with the studio, the desire to adapt the Vertigo comic and possible connections to JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, and the popularity of Gordon-Levitt, this looks like a winner on all fronts.

Here's a brief rundown of the comic from Wikipedia:

The Sandman's main character is Dream, the Lord of Dreams , who is essentially the anthropomorphic personification of dreams.  At the start of the series, Morpheus is captured by an occult ritual and held prisoner for 70 years. Morpheus escapes in the modern day and, after avenging himself upon his captors, sets about rebuilding his kingdom, which has fallen into disrepair in his absence.

In its beginnings, the series is a very dark horror comic. Later, the series evolves into an elaborate fantasy series, incorporating elements of classical and contemporary mythology, ultimately placing its protagonist in the role of a tragic hero.

The storylines primarily take place in the Dreaming, Morpheus's realm, and the waking world, with occasional visits to other domains, such as Hell, Faerie, Asgard, and the domains of the other Endless. Many use the contemporary United States of America and the United Kingdom as a backdrop. The DC Universe was the official setting of the series, but well-known DC characters and places were rarely featured after 1990. A notable exception is Lyta Hall, formerly Fury of the 1980s super-team Infinity, Inc., who figures prominently in the "Kindly Ones" story arc, and her superhuman abilities are not ignored.

On all fronts I love this idea. While I would prefer SANDMAN to get the series treatment from HBO or AMC, I would never shy away from a big budget adaptation of this comic masterpiece. Goyer has his detractors, but I would think since this is not an original tale but rather a straight adaptation that he would seek Gaiman's blessing and do things the right way. Getting Geoff Johns involved is a good choice too.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is linked to almost every movie these days but I think Morpheus is a perfect fit for him. It is not the traditional character and something that has not ever been shown on screen. He could truly make this his own without being typecast as a superhero.

While it is way too early to get excited, I hope that we finally get the SANDMAN movie we have been waiting for all this time.

Source: Badass Digest

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9:41AM on 11/21/2013
I think we can all agree that if you make a Sandman movie, it would ideally be written by its creator and tested screen-writer Neil Gaiman. If not him, than anybody but Goyer.

I don't et all these comments exclaiming the JGL is perfect for Morpheus. I think JGL is a good actor, but I don't see him in this part. Morpheus demands such a sense of mystery about him. Really, he should be played by a no-name.
I think we can all agree that if you make a Sandman movie, it would ideally be written by its creator and tested screen-writer Neil Gaiman. If not him, than anybody but Goyer.

I don't et all these comments exclaiming the JGL is perfect for Morpheus. I think JGL is a good actor, but I don't see him in this part. Morpheus demands such a sense of mystery about him. Really, he should be played by a no-name.
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9:11AM on 11/21/2013
Please, WB, no. You've already let this hack run Superman (and soon Batman) into the ground.

Sandman needs more talent behind it then the guy who directed Blade Trinity.
Please, WB, no. You've already let this hack run Superman (and soon Batman) into the ground.

Sandman needs more talent behind it then the guy who directed Blade Trinity.
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6:52AM on 11/21/2013
On Levitt and Sandman, hell yes. On David S. Goyer's involvement, ehh... No. I think the only person good enough to adapt Sandman to the big screen is Neil Gaiman himself. I wouldn't want Goyer to write a Sandman movie.
On Levitt and Sandman, hell yes. On David S. Goyer's involvement, ehh... No. I think the only person good enough to adapt Sandman to the big screen is Neil Gaiman himself. I wouldn't want Goyer to write a Sandman movie.
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10:10PM on 11/20/2013
No matter the project, I don't want Goyer the #1 guy on it. With him as the number #1, especially on an action, sci-fi, super hero, special effects movie, I won't have any faith in it
No matter the project, I don't want Goyer the #1 guy on it. With him as the number #1, especially on an action, sci-fi, super hero, special effects movie, I won't have any faith in it
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9:30PM on 11/20/2013

Cautiously optimistic

I'd prefer to see Gaiman himself adapting the series; he's a very good scriptwriter. I'd also prefer David Fincher, Alphonso Cuaron, Guilllermo Del Toro or even Peter Jackson in the director's chair over Goyer.
I'd prefer to see Gaiman himself adapting the series; he's a very good scriptwriter. I'd also prefer David Fincher, Alphonso Cuaron, Guilllermo Del Toro or even Peter Jackson in the director's chair over Goyer.
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1:45PM on 11/21/2013
I will immediately lose interest if they cast Keanu Reeves as Morpheus.
I will immediately lose interest if they cast Keanu Reeves as Morpheus.
8:13PM on 11/20/2013
I don't mind David Goyer. His films aren't amazing, but are enjoyable and I would love to see The Sandman come to life on the big screen with his and Levitt's contributions. Hopefully this happens.
I don't mind David Goyer. His films aren't amazing, but are enjoyable and I would love to see The Sandman come to life on the big screen with his and Levitt's contributions. Hopefully this happens.
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8:10PM on 11/20/2013
Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot worked on a script that wasn't picked up in the late 90s. I think Terry Gilliam would be an interesting choice of director for a Sandman film. This probably won't be a popular opinion, but Kristen Bell might make a great Death.
Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot worked on a script that wasn't picked up in the late 90s. I think Terry Gilliam would be an interesting choice of director for a Sandman film. This probably won't be a popular opinion, but Kristen Bell might make a great Death.
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3:54PM on 11/21/2013
Was that the script that Neil Gaiman called, "the worst thing I've ever read"?

While Kristen Bell has the right vibe, I think she's way too old for Death. Death is supposed to be a teenager. Chloe Grace Moretz would be a fine choice.
Was that the script that Neil Gaiman called, "the worst thing I've ever read"?

While Kristen Bell has the right vibe, I think she's way too old for Death. Death is supposed to be a teenager. Chloe Grace Moretz would be a fine choice.
7:45PM on 11/20/2013

Not a double post!

A name that just randomly popped into my head after my first post was Alex Proyas and damn if he wouldn't kick this thing in the nuts! Dark City and The Crow are the perfect esthetic and vibe for this film and he's shown he can make something truly special and unique when he is given solid material to work from! Just don't let Goyer turn this into fucking Blade:Trinity and ruin a great opportunity for an awesome, unique film!
A name that just randomly popped into my head after my first post was Alex Proyas and damn if he wouldn't kick this thing in the nuts! Dark City and The Crow are the perfect esthetic and vibe for this film and he's shown he can make something truly special and unique when he is given solid material to work from! Just don't let Goyer turn this into fucking Blade:Trinity and ruin a great opportunity for an awesome, unique film!
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7:34PM on 11/20/2013

Well...

I want this movie to happen desperately and JGL is a good fit for Morpheus but I absolutely DO NOT want Goyer directing this thing. He has proven he is a below average director (that may be generous) and he is a terrible choice for this film. Now if his clout is going to get this made I wouldn't mind having him co-write this with the Wachowskis and then allow them to direct this thing. I think to really make this something special you need a visually innovative filmmaker or filmmakers and
I want this movie to happen desperately and JGL is a good fit for Morpheus but I absolutely DO NOT want Goyer directing this thing. He has proven he is a below average director (that may be generous) and he is a terrible choice for this film. Now if his clout is going to get this made I wouldn't mind having him co-write this with the Wachowskis and then allow them to direct this thing. I think to really make this something special you need a visually innovative filmmaker or filmmakers and the Wachowskis fit that bill; I wouldn't be against Darren Arnofsky or Guillermo Del Toro (using this as the Ironman for his Justice League Dark film). But Goyer is not the man to handle full script duties and ABSOLUTELY the wrong guy to attempt to direct this!
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6:51PM on 11/20/2013

lol

That picture looks like "Sad Keanu".
That picture looks like "Sad Keanu".
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3:52PM on 11/21/2013
DON'T mention Keanu in relation to this!
DON'T mention Keanu in relation to this!
6:42PM on 11/20/2013
Goyer?! Are you fucking kidding me? This guy is just dragging DC through the mud. He seriously needs to fuck off.
Goyer?! Are you fucking kidding me? This guy is just dragging DC through the mud. He seriously needs to fuck off.
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6:32PM on 11/20/2013
and JGL soon rebuffs it as an internet rumor.this guy deserves a comic book hero character.would like to see it done by Matthew Vaughn or David fincher
and JGL soon rebuffs it as an internet rumor.this guy deserves a comic book hero character.would like to see it done by Matthew Vaughn or David fincher
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7:37PM on 11/20/2013
What about the Wachowskis, they are the name(s) that I keep coming back to when I think about a live action version of this. I just want to see somebody that can create amazing visuals while telling a fairly deep, dark story and develop a character that has enough backstory to become a long, successful franchise!
What about the Wachowskis, they are the name(s) that I keep coming back to when I think about a live action version of this. I just want to see somebody that can create amazing visuals while telling a fairly deep, dark story and develop a character that has enough backstory to become a long, successful franchise!
8:12PM on 11/20/2013
Love Wachowskis and their visuals.but i think they give more importance to style than substance.my other choices would be Edgar wright,Sam raimi,Peter Jackson,David cronenberg,Tim burton (given a good script)
Love Wachowskis and their visuals.but i think they give more importance to style than substance.my other choices would be Edgar wright,Sam raimi,Peter Jackson,David cronenberg,Tim burton (given a good script)
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