Joseph Gordon-Levitt reveals progress on adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman'

'Looper' actor to produce and direct film of the DC Comics graphic novel

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has revealed the progress so far on the graphic novel film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman'.

The star of Looper and The Dark Knight Rises will produce and direct a film version of the DC Comics title for Warner Bros.

The 500 Days of Summer actor has told Moviefone the script is still in the early stages of development which he's working on with the Sandman's creator and David S. Goyer (Batman Begins).

“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," said Gordon-Levitt. "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."

Gordon-Levitt added: "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.”

The actor, who found fame on sitcom Third Rock From The Sun, confirmed that Warner Bros are looking at the potential of opening up the 'Sandman' universe for a future film franchise.

Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman' was first published by DC Comics in 1989 and ran until 1996. It charts the story of Dream of the Endless, the ruler of the world of dreams. Also known as Morpheus, the main character Dream is one of the seven Endless also including Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium and Destruction.

Gordon-Levitt stars in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in cinemas August 25. He will appear next in Robert Zemeckis' The Walk, based on the true story of high wire walker Phillipe Petit whose New York escapades were the subject of Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire.

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