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Joseph Gordon-Levitt has dropped out of Sandman over creative differences

03.07.2016

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt has quit the planned film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Gordon-Levitt, who had been developing the movie with David Goyer since 2013, took to Facebook on Saturday to announce that he has left the project, and cited creative differences with New Line as the reason for his exit. His departure came just one day after Eric Heisserer was hired to write the script.

RE: SANDMAN

So, as you might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, a while back, David Goyer and I made a producing deal with Warner Brothers to develop a movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman's SANDMAN. Neil himself came on as an executive producer, we hired the excellent screenwriter, Jack Thorne, and we started in on the ambitious task of adapting one of the most beloved and boundary-pushing titles in the world of comics. I was pleased with the progress we were making, even though we still had quite a ways to go.

Recently, as you also might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, the sorta "ownership" (for lack of a better term) of the Sandman material changed hands when Warner Brothers shifted the entire catalogue of Vertigo comics (an imprint of DC) to their subsidiary, New Line. And a few months ago, 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.

I'd like to thank all the great people I've had the opportunity to work with on this one. I've had a blast with and learned a ton from David and Jack. Niija Kuykendall, Greg Silverman, and everyone at Warner Brothers have been fantastic, as have Geoff Johns and everyone at DC. And it's been a particular privilege as well as a rocking good time getting to know Mr. Gaiman, whose generous insights and masterful work have certainly convinced me that the Lord of Dreams and the Prince of Stories are one and the same Endless pattern.

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Shortly after Gordon-Levitt posted his farewell letter to SANDMAN, Gaiman weighed in on his exit in a series of tweets:

It seemed like Gordon-Levitt was really pushing to get the movie made, so this is a pretty big blow for the project. I'm also more than a little concerned about him not seeing eye-to-eye with New Line, since he's reportedly a huge fan of the comic series. What do you think the studio's next move will be with SANDMAN?

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12:44AM on 03/08/2016

I'm okay with it

I hope they still do something with Sandman someday. But it would work better as a tv series. And in either fashion, I don't think it'll ever properly be adapted without losing something.
I hope they still do something with Sandman someday. But it would work better as a tv series. And in either fashion, I don't think it'll ever properly be adapted without losing something.
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7:11PM on 03/07/2016

I hope they just drop it

It's early enough into preproduction that it won't be a huge loss. And I'd rather no Sandman movie than a shitty action movie that's Sandman in name only.
It's early enough into preproduction that it won't be a huge loss. And I'd rather no Sandman movie than a shitty action movie that's Sandman in name only.
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5:50PM on 03/07/2016
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
I can only imagine the New Line douche was like, so when does he say Fuck it and talk to the audience? We're going for R, right?
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
I can only imagine the New Line douche was like, so when does he say Fuck it and talk to the audience? We're going for R, right?
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4:04PM on 03/07/2016

"Dropped out due to creative differences"

Translation:
Studio: Why isn't this guy fighting anyone. Doesn't he have powers or something.
JGL: That's not really his character.
Studio: You need to put in a few scenes where he fights people. Explosions.
JGL: This isn't really an action movie.
Studio: You need to make him blow stuff up. This script is boring. There aren't any explosions.
JGL: yeah. I'm out.
Translation:
Studio: Why isn't this guy fighting anyone. Doesn't he have powers or something.
JGL: That's not really his character.
Studio: You need to put in a few scenes where he fights people. Explosions.
JGL: This isn't really an action movie.
Studio: You need to make him blow stuff up. This script is boring. There aren't any explosions.
JGL: yeah. I'm out.
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1:07PM on 03/07/2016
Joseph Gordon-Levitt certainly had a lot of passion for the project. However, despite his best intentions, I'm not sure he would've had the directing chops to pull it off. Don Jon was very decent for what it was, but he's unproven when it comes to a grand fantasy epic such as this. Still, I had more faith in him than I do with David Goyer and the guy who wrote the Elm Street remake. This kind of film needs someone like Guillermo Del Toro, Darren Aronofsky or Denis Villeneuve.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt certainly had a lot of passion for the project. However, despite his best intentions, I'm not sure he would've had the directing chops to pull it off. Don Jon was very decent for what it was, but he's unproven when it comes to a grand fantasy epic such as this. Still, I had more faith in him than I do with David Goyer and the guy who wrote the Elm Street remake. This kind of film needs someone like Guillermo Del Toro, Darren Aronofsky or Denis Villeneuve.
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12:11PM on 03/07/2016
Props to JGL for sticking to his principles, but man, that really sucks.
Props to JGL for sticking to his principles, but man, that really sucks.
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11:10AM on 03/07/2016

Goyer...

Seems to leave a path of destruction.
Seems to leave a path of destruction.
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11:00AM on 03/07/2016
what the shitbiscuit?
what the shitbiscuit?
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10:05AM on 03/07/2016

That is very bad news

I was really interested in what Joseph Gordon-Levitt was going to bring to the project, and it sounds like Niel Gaiman is getting fairly hands-off as well. Without Gaiman, a SANDMAN movie is dead in the water.
I was really interested in what Joseph Gordon-Levitt was going to bring to the project, and it sounds like Niel Gaiman is getting fairly hands-off as well. Without Gaiman, a SANDMAN movie is dead in the water.
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8:35AM on 03/07/2016
Disappointing.
Disappointing.
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8:15AM on 03/07/2016
Always a shame when someone who seems genuinely passionate for a project feels like they just can't carry on with it. That said, New Line might end up being a good place for the Vertigo line.
Always a shame when someone who seems genuinely passionate for a project feels like they just can't carry on with it. That said, New Line might end up being a good place for the Vertigo line.
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