Joseph Gordon-Levitt has left the film adaptation of SANDMAN due to creative differences.
Joseph announced he was producing the film for Warner Bros. in 2013, and later teamed up with writers David S. Goyer, Jack Thorne, and the comic book’s creator Neil Gaiman to work on the script.
However, in June (15), he admitted it was turning out to be a “really complicated adaptation”, and while he still remained attached to the DC Comics project, he claimed progress was “slow but steady”.
Fans had speculated the Inception star would also tackle the comic book’s main character Morpheus, also known as Dream of the Endless, who is the melancholy lord of dreams.
However, in a lengthy post on Facebook.com on Saturday (05Mar16), Joseph revealed he is no longer involved in the project after Warner Bros. officials moved the title over to its subsidiary firm, New Line.
“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,” he wrote in part. “So unfortunately, I decided to remove myself from the project. I wish nothing but the best for the team moving forward.
“I’d like to thank all the great people I’ve had the opportunity to work with on this one. I’ve had a blast with and learned a ton from David and Jack… And it’s been a particular privilege as well as a rocking good time getting to know Mr. Gaiman, whose generous insights and masterful work have certainly convinced me that the Lord of Dreams and the Prince of Stories are one and the same Endless pattern.”
The movie is still in development at New Line, and veteran horror screenwriter Eric Heisserer, famous for A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing, is now writing the script. (EWN/HR/MT)