Production on The Sandman Movie Hits the Brakes
Everything seemed to be going well for the Sandman movie, a long-awaited adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s outstanding graphic novel. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Neil Gaiman and David Goyer were all involved in the production of the project, with Gordon-Levitt rumored to be eyeing the director’s chair, and possibly even a role in the film. Sadly, Gordon-Levitt has announced that he will be leaving the movie, due to the great movie process boogeyman, “creative differences” with the studio. Gordon-Levitt had this to say on his Facebook page: “… 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.”
The production of the movie has been slowly ongoing since 2013, and with the departure of Gordon-Levitt, fans may wonder if it’s going to get made. In a move that indicates they’re still moving forward with the movie, New Line studio just announced that a new screenwriter, Eric Heisserer, will be coming onboard to handle scripting. Heisserer is most well known for writing horror-themed films such as Final Destination 5, the remake of The Thing, and co-writing the reboot of Nightmare on Elm Street.
Many fans are saddened by the departure of Gordon-Levitt, as he had Neil Gaiman’s approval:
.@neilhimself Deepest thanks, kind sir. I sincerely hope we find another way to collaborate sooner than later..
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) March 5, 2016
Hopefully, the new creative team will be as interested in producing a quality Sandman movie as Gordon-Levitt. Making a solid adaptation is not easy, so here’s a wish of good luck to the current team.
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