No God! It’s been years since it was last rumored that Warner Brother’s wanted to tackle the, Neil Gaiman Dave Mckean, nineties classic and if memory serves me right, Jeff Goldblum was being considered for the lead. Years later, a new writer wants to step up, a writer whose prowess to cover such material has yet to be seen. Writer David S. Goyer (Man of Steel), according to Badass Digest, says that Goyer has pitched a treatment to the WB and wants actor Joseph Gordon Levitt to be in it, most likely as the lead Morpheus the Dream King.
Before I continue, allow me to get you up to speed as to what and who Morpheus/The Sandman, is.
The Sandman’s main character is Dream, the Lord of Dreams (also known, to various characters throughout the series, as Morpheus, Oneiros, the Shaper, the Shaper of Form, Lord of the Dreaming, the Dream King, Dream-Sneak, Dream Cat, Murphy, Kai’ckul, and Lord L’Zoril), who is essentially the anthropomorphic personification of dreams. At the start of the series, Morpheus is captured by an occult ritual and held prisoner for 70 years. Morpheus escapes in the modern day and, after avenging himself upon his captors, sets about rebuilding his kingdom, which has fallen into disrepair in his absence. Gaiman himself has summarized the plot of the series (in the foreword to Endless Nights) as “The Lord of Dreams learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision.
The Sandman series was my introduction to Vertigo Comics. The Sandman series taught me about homosexuality when no one else would. It spoke in metaphors that made so much sense to me, growing up at that time. The world that Gaiman created is so vast and enigmatic, that as much as I’d love to see this happen, I’d be more happy with hearing about it’s death. But let’s just say, for shits and giggles, that they were to make this into a film, they should scrap that idea and adapt it for television along with another one of Gaiman’s books “American Gods“. The Sandman is way too epic for a two hour film. I don’t even know what they could possibly talk about, seeing as how all the stories were so rich and highly involved and as for JGL as The Dream King, he’s nowhere close to being the personality needed for such an unbelievably magical character. I don’t know who could play the roll, but someone on another site did suggest Benedict Cumberbatch and I don’t hate that idea. Another would be actor Caleb Landry Jones (Antiviral. X Men: First Class), his work in Antiviral was amazing. Yes, he’s a little young, but when this is ready, I think he would be a good fit. My two cents…take it or leave it.
- Although It May Seem Like One, Sandman Overture is Not a Dream (automatonera.com)
- The Sandman Cometh: Neil Gaiman’s Epic Masterpiece Returns (tor.com)
- The Sandman: Overture #1 (annikisbookcase.com)
- Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman re-emerges after 25 years (dnaindia.com)
- Dreams Come True With The Sandman: Overture #1 On The Wednesday Run – October 30, 2013 (biffbampop.com)