Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks SANDMAN Creative Challenges

With series like The Walking Dead, The Flash and Arrow as examples of a  leap in quality for books and comic-book adaptations on television this decade, it was almost surprising that producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt decided to take Neil Gaiman's Sandman on as a movie project.

Recently, Levitt took to reddit for an "Ask Me Anything" for the second season of his hitRECORD series when he asked why he chose film instead of television.  The questioner pointed out the "large scope and episodic nature" of the original comic run then asked if this would make the series better suited for the long-form storytelling nature of television.  Levitt had this to say: "I think a big screen adaptation is a better idea and here's why. If you did the episodic version, I think it could very well end up as a not-as-good-version of what is already brilliant in the comics, but by reworking the material into a big movie, Gaiman's brilliant characters and ideas get to take shape in a way they never have before."

In addition to talking the differences between tv and film story-telling, Levitt pointed to film's visual advantages; "I think Sandman deserves to look absolutely mind-blowingly awesome, just on a visual level, and as cinematic as some tv shows are becoming these days, they still can't compete with big movies visually, just because they can't afford to."

Levitt stated that there would be limitations to television and film, as well as challenges involved with Sandman itself.  "There's tons of little brilliant moments throughout the series, and we certainly can't incorporate all of them… we are using a whole bunch of specifics straight from the comics, but of course, we're also having to do a certain amount of invention, and in between that, there's tons of re-appropriating, re-contextualizing, combining, consolidating, and all manner of things that literalists might not like."

In the end, Levitt promised that he and the other writers and producers are trying their best to be "completely faithful" before closing with, "Dreams and Stories and Magic are actually all the same thing, and that they're real, and that they're powerful."

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The Sandman, written and produced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is in Development.

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