Exclusive: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
is finalizing a deal to produce Sandman
at Warner Bros with David Goyer
, who pitched his treatment for the Neil Gaiman
comic book classic. It has been rumored that Gordon-Levitt might star, and the deal he’s making attaches him as the protagonist. I’m told that in addition to that, he’s eyeing the project as a directing vehicle. Gordon-Levitt made his feature directorial debut on the well received Sundance pic Don Jon
, but this would be a considerable step up in scope and scale. They will hire a writer shortly. The Sandman series shifts between horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times. Warner Bros has tried for some time to get a script right, but they may have finally cracked it.