The multi-hyphenate is looking to produce the adaptation alongside David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy), who pitched his treatment for bringing Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed comic book series to the big screen, Deadline reports.
It’s thought that if a deal is struck, Gordon-Levitt will also be taking the eponymous lead, with an eye to direct the film as his sophomore feature.
Running from 1989 through to 1996 under Gaiman, the series is centred on Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive for seventy years, Morpheus escapes and seeks revenge, going on a quest for his lost objects of power, trying to rebuild his crumbling kingdom whilst adapting to the times.
The project has been in development at Warner Bros. for years, but without any significant progress. For all those who have long been looking forward to it, it looks like the wait may well soon be over.
A writer is soon to be hired, and knowing Gordon-Levitt’s incredible work ethic, you have the feeling that progress is going to be made this time around, and sooner rather than later.
Gordon-Levitt has been making huge waves in the blockbuster world after his brilliant turn as Arthur in Inception. He followed that up by reuniting with Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight Rises last year, as well as leading roles in Premium Rush and Looper, and he’s also soon to be seen in a leading role in Robert Rodriguez’s 2014 sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Needless to say, starring in, producing, and directing Sandman would be a huge deal, and cement his status all the more as one of the most talented young professionals to emerge in the industry in recent years.