Back in November Badass Digest broke the story that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was going to be making (or attempting to make) a movie based on Neil Gaiman's Sandman. That became official, and then it's been quiet. Very quiet. Not too quiet, it turns out, as Levitt is still working on the movie. While stumping for the surely unbearable Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Levitt shared an update about the status of the movie.
Right now we're working on a script. It's me and Goyer and the screenwriter and Neil Gaiman, as well as the good folks at DC and Warner Bros. It's a really cool team of people. It's a lot of the same people who worked on the Nolan "Batman" movies. It's really exciting. There's not a script yet, we're still kind of working it out because it's such a complicated adaptation because "Sandman" wasn't written as novels. "Sin City" was written as a novel. "Sandman" is 75 episodic issues. There's a reason people have been trying and failing to adapt "Sandman" for the past 20 years.
So the bad news is that Goyer is still involved. The good news is that he's not writing - he's definitely at his best in a producer capacity on these projects.
The big takeaway? This movie is nowhere near happening. They don't have a script ready and we're coming up on a year since this deal was made. I'm starting to think that this project could very easily just dissolve in the near future. As, frankly, it should. No disrespect to Levitt, but Sandman simply doesn't feel like a movie to me. Levitt himself almost makes that concession in the quote above.