Joseph Gordon-Levitt Takes On Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’ And Promises An Action Film With No Punching?

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt (JGL) can do everything. He’s an actor (who can carry a tune), a writer, a producer and the brilliant mind behind hitRECord. We’ve loved him since Angels In The Outfield and 10 Things I Hate About You and now that he seems to have a hand in so many aspects of the entertainment industry, he’s become respected by many people beyond the realm of TV/Film.

Most recently, JGL has gained the trust of author Neil Gaiman, as he is allowing JGL to bring his comic series The Sandman to the big screen.

Although no official details have been released, there is speculation about the plot of the film. It seems that the storyline will follow The Sandman, often referred to by names like ‘Dream’ and ‘Morpheus’ in the comics, as he is taken and incarcerated until he eventually gets out and needs to rebuild his domain (the dreaming world).

However, the most interesting twist, as revealed by JGL during an interview with MTV, is that this action movie is not going to be about the crashes, booms and fights that most other films of the genre seem to love.

Apparently, Gaiman himself told JGL, “‘Don’t have any punching.’ Because he never does. If you read the comics, Morpheus doesn’t punch anybody. That’s not what he does.” From that alone, it seems that this movie will add some new depth to the category of ‘comic-book adaptation films.’

While JGL has mentioned that he’s taking his time with this project, with the help of Warner Bros. and David Goyer (the writer behind the Christopher Nolan Batman films), we have a really good feeling that it will pay off once the film hits the box-office.

Admitting that it’s hard to make a series of 20-page comics into a feature length film, JGL is stepping up and promises that, “It’s going to be like a grand spectacular action film, but that relies on none of those same old ordinary clichés,” and we are beyond excited!

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