The Slow Wrenching and Painful Process of Producing The Sandman Film



Remember a while back when I posted news about the upcoming Sandman project being worked out between Joseph Gordon Levitt and Neil Gaiman? Well, last night I discovered much to my dismay that this shite ain’t happening. I’m very saddened yet relieved to hear this and here’s why. Joseph Gordon Levitt made the decision to not move forward as I believe he has much respect for Gaiman, his creation, and the fans. This decision speaks to me and I respect him as someone who doesn’t just see dollar signs but respects the art of cinema and good story telling.

The penned writer, Eric Heisserer explained that the whole concept and idea of Sandman would work better as a series/mini-series and I agree. I’ve read the entire Sandman series and as a big fan of Neil Gaiman, I understand why it would work. It wouldn’t be possible to hash out so many story lines and characters in a 2 hour film and have the movie make since, especially if you’ve never read Sandman and have little familiarity with the character. If they were to go ahead with a film I’m afraid they would end up with what happened with The Suicide Squad. It’d probably be difficult to follow, feel rushed, and wouldn’t do this character any justice.

Production would have to work really hard to introduce this character to those who’ve never read it and a series would be able to accomplish that. We would have a beginning which would follow Sandman, his siblings, the goings on in his kingdom, his lovers, anguish, and his adventures travelling through dreams. A middle, which would consist of the stealing of his dream helmet out of jealousy and a lust for more power. And our ending, which would have Sandman going through hell to get his dream helmet back and bringing peace back to his kingdom. Something along those lines? I’ve been meaning to purchase the entire graphic novel series for a while now, but haven’t done so yet. It’s a great series and once I started reading it I couldn’t stop. I suggest you give it a read too, as I believe you will become completely immersed in the dream world. Maybe New Line will have something else in the works for Sandman but if they do I’m hoping Neil has complete creative control over it. You can check out the following article for more details…


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