Joseph Gordon-Levitt to produce ‘Sandman’ film

Actor also linked with starring role in adaptation of Neil Gaiman's comic book series

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has confirmed that he has signed on as producer of a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic book series Sandman.

Gaiman and David S. Goyer will also work as producers on the project, which will give a big-screen telling of the DC Comics series which recounts the tale of the titular Sandman, who rules the world of dreams but finds his empire in tatters after being imprisoned for 70 years. Previous film versions of Gaiman’s work include Coraline and Stardust.

Levitt confirmed he would produce the project on Twitter but, as Deadline reports, there are also rumours that he could direct and star in the adaptation. He made his directorial debut earlier this year with the film Don John and also wrote the film’s script, in addition to taking the lead role as Jon Martello, a body-conscious womaniser whose friends call him “Don Jon” because of his ability to score with the opposite sex.

In October of this year, meanwhile, Gordon-Levitt confirmed that he is in “discussions” for Marvel’s forthcoming Ant-Man film, but denied that any kind of final decision has been made. “There is always a lot of rumours around these projects and so far it is still only discussions,” he said. “I am always very transparent when it comes to my role and my career. I’m usually the first to speak and communicate with my fans if something happens. If you hear nothing from me, they are just rumours.”

The character of Ant-Man made his Marvel comic book debut in 1962 but has never appeared on screen before. In the books he is the superhero alter ego of Dr Hank Pym, a scientist who invents a shrinking serum that makes him insect size. Once miniature, he is able to solve mysteries and take out bad guys.