Joseph Gordon Levitt: Sandman Will Be a 'Spectacular Action Film,' But Without Punching

Monday, 08 June 2015 - 2:09PM
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Monday, 08 June 2015 - 2:09PM
Joseph Gordon Levitt: Sandman Will Be a 'Spectacular Action Film,' But Without Punching
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After years of development hell, the Sandman film adaptation is finally going forward with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the titular Vertigo superhero, but in a new interview with MTV news, he made it clear that this will not be your typical superhero movie:



"It's going to be like a grand spectacular action film, but that relies on none of those same old ordinary cliches," said Gordon-Levitt. "So, that's why it's taking a lot time to write, but it's going to be really good."

He clarified that while Sandman will be an action film, it won't include many of the tropes that are usually present in blockbuster superhero fare, such as punching. Morpheus rules the world of dreams, so his powers are much more abstract than those of, say, The Hulk.

"Big spectacular action movies are generally about crime fighters fighting crime and blowing sh-t up. This has nothing to do with that. And it was actually one of the things that Neil Gaiman said to me, he said 'Don't have any punching.' Because he never does. If you read the comics, Morpheus doesn't punch anybody. That's not what he does."

Gordon-Levitt also explained why the script is coming along "slow and steady," mostly because Sandman is a long-running series rather than a self-contained narrative:
"It's a really complicated adaptation because those comics, they're brilliant. But they're not written as a whole. It's not like 'Watchmen,' which is a graphic novel that has a beginning, middle, and end. 'Sandman' was written over the course of whatever - I forget exactly, six or seven years. One at a time. One little 20-page issue at a time. And to try to take that and make it into something that's a feature film - a movie that has a beginning, middle, and end - is complicated."

The film adaptation of Sandman will be produced by David S. Goyer, best known for his work on the Dark Knight trilogy. The script will be written by Jack Thorne, who wrote for Britain's acclaimed teen drama Skins, while Goyer will provide the story treatment.

Via THR.
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