Joseph Gordon-Levitt leaves Sandman film project. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has announced that he and New Line (a division of Warner Bros.) would be parting ways on the Neil Gaiman comic book adaptation. This announcement follows more than two years of collaboration between Gordon-Levitt, Gaiman, and Warner Bros. on the project.
Gordon-Levitt and his team had the difficult task of compressing seven years of story into one feature film that would please old fans, new fans, and Warner Bros., the film’s production studio. It seems that the last piece was the most challenging, as Gordon-Levitt and New Line didn’t “see eye to eye on what makes Sandman special, and what a film adaptation could/should be.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s full explanation of the rift, via Facebook:
Recently, as you also might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, the sorta “ownership” (for lack of a better term) of the Sandman material changed hands when Warner Brothers shifted the entire catalogue of Vertigo comics (an imprint of DC) to their subsidiary, New Line. And a few months ago, I came to realize that the folks at New Line and I just don’t see eye to eye on what makes Sandman special, and what a film adaptation could/should be. So unfortunately, I decided to remove myself from the project. I wish nothing but the best for the team moving forward.
Gordon-Levitt is widely loved for his creative mind and for his good-guy persona, and many fans are disappointed to see him leave Sandman. However, it seems that the split was amicable. Sandman has no release date as of yet, and only time will tell how New Line will recover from Gordon-Levitt’s departure.
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