Neil Gaiman Affected To See Gordon-Levitt Leave The 'Sandman' Movie

Jovi Figueroa

A Sandman movie has been the talk of the Gaiman-loving community since the 1990s, since various television and film outfits have tried and failed to bring Sandman to the screens. Warner Bros. was originally going to create a Sandman movie back in 1996, with a script that merged the Preludes and Nocturnes storyline with The Doll's House. The later draft by William Farmer has left Gaiman unsatisfied and reluctant about the Sandman movie, saying it was "not only the worst Sandman script I've ever seen, but quite easily the worst script I've ever read."

Sandman's nature as a comic has been a very unique and life-changing experience for many and that made it very difficult and challenging to translate into the small and big screens. Neil Gaiman, the creator of Sandman comics himself, has been doubtful about a Sandman movie ever since Warner Bros' and Farmer's failure. In a Q&A panel at Comic-Con 2007, Gaiman talks about the possibility of a Sandman movie:

"I'd rather see no Sandman movie made than a bad Sandman movie. But I feel like the time for a Sandman movie is coming soon. We need someone who has the same obsession with the source material as Peter Jackson had with Lord of the Rings or Sam Raimi had with Spider-Man."

Earlier today, Joseph Gordon-Levitt announced via his Facebook page that he is dropping out of the Sandman movie. Creating a lengthy post, Joseph Gordon-Levitt tries to explain how excited he has been for the Sandman movie and how painful it is that he has to leave the production due to several "differences" with the new producer of Sandman, New Line Cinema.

"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."
"No, no, no, this is wrong. New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures should recognize, as most of us do, that Joseph isn't just 'attached' to the project. He is the SOUL of the Sandman adaptation. He's demonstrated he's passionate about the story, he cares for doing it right, he brought Neil onboard, he has both the acting and directing experience to know what the project needs.

"Everyone who believes, as I do, that Joseph is the ONE that should helm the Sandman adaptation: let's make ourselves heard. Movie executives should adapt to the creative minds that turn ideas into art, not the other way around."

"Everyone who believes, as I do, that Joseph is the ONE that should helm the Sandman adaptation: let's make ourselves heard. Movie executives should adapt to the creative minds that turn ideas into art, not the other way around."

— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 5, 2016

— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 6, 2016

— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 6, 2016

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