Gordon-Levitt teams with Goyer, Gaiman for 'Sandman'
05:00 AM, Dec 17, 2013
Right about now, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is finding the comic-book character Morpheus pretty dreamy.
The actor has signed on as a producer of a movie adaptation of writer Neil Gaiman’s seminal Vertigo Comics series The Sandman for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. DC confirmed his involvement Monday night.
David Goyer, who wrote the stories for Christopher Nolan’s three Batman films as well as Man of Steel, is also attached to produce along with Gordon-Levitt.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m incredibly honored to be working with David Goyer, Warner Bros, and @neilhimself (Gaiman’s Twitter handle) on SANDMAN #Prelude,” Gordon-Levitt tweeted on Monday evening.
In a previous message, the actor who made his directorial debut with this past fall’s Don Jon wrote that the news was “big to me.”
As far as starring in and possibly directing the project, Gordon-Levitt said that “the rest remains to be seen.”
Gaiman’s Sandman series ran 75 issues from 1989 to 1996 and introduced Morpheus, the tall, white-skinned and black-coiffed Lord of Dreams from the mystical realm of the Dreaming. The fantasy comic was a signature book for Vertigo, DC Comics’ mature-readers line.
The “Prelude” in Gordon-Levitt’s tweet could be a reference to the first collected Sandman volume, Preludes & Nocturnes, which centered on Morpheus recollecting his objects of power after escaping years of forced imprisonment by an occultist.
Gaiman recently relaunched the franchise in October with the new Vertigo series The Sandman: Overture.