Joseph Gordon-Levitt up for The Sandman

17 December 2013

Game for Gaiman.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to direct, produce, and star in an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's classic graphic novel The Sandman, it has been reported.

A few weeks ago, we brought news that David S Goyer - the writing brain behind previous comic book adaptations like Man of Steel and Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy - was working with Warner Bros to bring Gaiman's acclaimed graphic novel to the big screen.

Back then, JGL - Goyer's Dark Knight Rises colleague, of course - was being touted as the lead role.

Now it seems Levitt may also take on duties behind the camera as well as in front.

Confirming his involvement on Twitter, Levitt said:

"Ladies and gentlemen, I'm incredibly honored to be working with David Goyer, Warner Bros, and @neilhimself on SANDMAN. #Prelude"

He later clarified that he had currently only signed on as producer, enigmatically stating that "the rest remains to be seen".

Levitt had his feature directorial debut this year with sex addiction comedy Don Jon - but this would be quite a step up, in scale, budget and expectations.

Sandman is an ambitious and far-reaching fantasy detailing the magical exploits of the eponymous sandman, an anthropomorphic manifestation of dreams who occupies the dreamworld, going by many names, including Morpheus and Lord L'Zoril.

The comic book series ran from 1989 to 1996 for 75 issues on the Vertigo imprint. It is one of the very graphic novels to have made it to the New York Times best seller list.

[Source: Deadline]