Some projects just take so long to get off the ground, as we mentioned in stories like this one last month, about Janis Joplin. Another project that has been stopped and started over the last decade is the movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.
The Sandman is an American comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics. Released in 1989, it catapulted Gaiman to fame as The Sandman was one of the first (and few since) graphic novels ever to be on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Over the years, various versions have been developed for both film and television but none have done the graphic novel justice and all have fallen down at some point due to various disagreements on the script and direction to take the story in.
Back in 2007, during the Q and A panel at San Diego Comic-Con International Gaiman said he would “rather see no Sandman movie made than a bad Sandman movie.” I think we would all have to agree with that point. Life is too short to endure bad cinema. Gaiman went on to say, “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.”
It was in 2013 that Warner Bros. announced that David S. Goyer will be producing an adaptation of the graphic novel, along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Jack Thorne has been hired to write the script. On October 16, 2014, Gaiman clarified that while the film was not announced with the DC raft of movies by Warner Bros., that the film will be distributed by Vertigo and will be announced with those slate of films. Goyer told Deadline in interview that the studio are very happy with the film’s script.
The character is typically portrayed as tall, dark and with the sort of cheekbones that could give you a nick as sharp as a paper cut…. Gaiman has said that “There was a time Johnny Depp would’ve been a great Morpheus, but now he’s too old and it’s fine. I think the first time I saw Benedict was as Sherlock Holmes, I thought, ‘wow, that’s incredibly Morpheus.’ And fans probably thought the same because they immediately started doing fan-art, meshing the two of them up.”
With Benedict Cumberbatch now committed to Marvel’s Doctor Strange he probably won’t want to do another superhero movie any time soon. Gaiman has said he does have a back-up.
“Then again, Tom Hiddleston is still out there! And the truth is, as far as I’m concerned, anybody who sounds English with great cheekbones can probably pull it off.”
And lets face it, he has cheekbones to die for.
The story of The Sandman, follows the main character of Dream, also known as Morpheus, one of the seven Endless. The other Endless are Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium who was once Delight, and Destruction. It follows the tale of how Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, is captured and subsequently learns that sometimes change is inevitable.
When asked about directors Gaiman has said: “I would always give anything to Terry Gilliam, forever, so if Terry Gilliam ever wants to do Sandman then as far as I’m concerned Terry Gilliam should do Sandman.”
When speaking with Radio Times about the script development Gaiman said, “Every now and then, I’ll come in and last time I was in was earlier this year spending a day in a hotel room with Joe, and going over everything and answering questions with him and so on and so forth. So they’ve written a script. I got a phone call about two, three weeks ago from Joe and David saying, ‘Jack did a script, we read it, we want some things done to it. We want you to see it, but not this version. The next version will be in three weeks and then you’ll be the first person to see it.’ So I am now a week before seeing the script. It’s going to come in just before Christmas. I’m nervous, I’m on tenterhooks. But do I have good feelings? Yeah I do.”
If he gets his wish and Hiddleston takes on the role, I will have a good feeling about it.
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