Joseph Gordon-Levitt confirmed he will be involved with the production of a movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel series “Sandman” on Monday, December 16, via Twitter post:
He later added,
Just to clarify, folks. I’ve signed on as a producer on Sandman. The rest remains to be seen. Delighted you guys are excited. I am too!
Casting for the movie is still in the works; Deadline reported, “It has been rumored that Gordon-Levitt might star, and the deal he’s making attaches him as the protagonist.”
Series author Neil Gaiman has long been noted for inclusion of LGBT characters in his work. When “Sandman” was first published in 1989, sexual diversity in comics was minimal at best; in contrast, the series features multiple characters who are openly queer. It has won an impressive variety of awards, including the World Fantasy Award For Short Fiction—the first and only comic book to do so.
As “a story about stories,” the series covers tales in a wide range of times, places, styles, and settings. It centers around the King of Dreams, also known as Dream, Morpheus, or any one of dozens of other names; his domain is the dreaming world where all mortals go during sleep. Given that dreams and stories are much the same thing, he is also the patron of writers and storytellers, leading some to describe him as “the lord of all that is not, and shall never be.”
According to TV Tropes, the King of Dreams is “as old as the universe and more powerful than many gods, Dream is vain, proud, and stiff-necked. Throughout the series, tragedy and suffering teach him humility and compassion for others, but it’s hard to change for the better when you’re billions of years old and very set in your ways …”
The spin-off series “Death: The High Cost of Living” won a GLAAD Media Award in 1996; characters from “Sandman” also guest-starred in an HIV prevention pamphlet Gaiman wrote to be distributed in schools in the mid-1990s.
A prequel to the original comic, a mini-series called “Sandman: Overture,” is currently being serialized; the second issue is due in February 2014.