Confirmed: Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman'. Joseph Gordon-Levitt. David Goyer.

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Confirmed: Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman'. Joseph Gordon-Levitt. David Goyer.

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | December 17, 2013 | Comments ()


Goddamnit Dustin, why isn’t one of the categories for the site, “MOST IMPORTANT THING EVER”? Sigh. Fine, I’ll call this “trade news”.

I’ve got nothing. I’m really that excited. I mean, I’m so excited that my snark broke. Please, by all means, add all manner of speculation, hope, and storyboarding that you can possibly muster to this comment thread. Let us make this a monument to everything that they need to do with this film. No, not film, but dare I say it? Franchise. I want six, no, twelve movies. I want $150 million dollar budgets on each, and armed men keeping Zack Snyder and Peter Jackson at least 300 yards from anything to do with these movies. I want Joss Whedon as a consultant. And I really could go for a burrito right now, if anyone is making a run already.

I’m just saying though, that if Amanda Palmer does the soundtrack, we riot.

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  • RobynRobotron

    I do not get the AP hate, at all. I'm not her biggest fan, in fact, I only know two songs of hers off the top of my head. People seem to really hate her, though. Is it because they're jealous of her creative output? Is it because they're intimidated by a woman who is completely and utterly sure of herself? Is it because she's often compelled to speak her opinion? When Sinead O'Conner wrote that open letter Miley Cyrus and, in turn, Amanda Palmer wrote her own open letter to O'Conner, people were talking about her shoving her nose into it to get attention. But, if I was famous, I would use my fame as a platform to discuss issues that were important to me (the Miley VMA backlash wasn't just about Miley, you know). Maybe that's why I don't get it, she reminds me of myself (minus the musical talent, I have almost none).

    All that said, I adore JGL, but he would make an awful Dream. If he had to play an Endless, he would be better suited for Destruction, IMO.

  • puppetDoug

    Cumberbatch or go the fuck home. I don't care if you want an unknown, the man looks exactly like him and sounds like the word bubbles look. This should be a who's who of every great British person we've got. Emma Watson for Death, Fassbender for the Corinthian, Bettany for Constantine, etc. Unless this is a series (PLEASE), then still Cumberbatch but unknowns for everyone else.

  • Sean

    Good call on Fassbender. I had forgotten about him.

  • Sean

    OK, let's cast this properly.

    Dream- Ben Whishaw

    Death- Emily Browning

    Destruction- Gerald Butler

    Delirium -Juno Temple

    Destiny- Benedict Cumberbatch

    Desire-? Tilda Swinton is too old. We need a 25 yr old Tilda. If such a thing is possible.

    Despair- Lena Dunham

    Rose Walker- Jennifer Lawrence

    Corinthian- Colin Farrell

    Gilbert- Bill Murray

  • Matt C.

    Neil Gaiman's twitter name is neilhimself? Seems kind of arrogant. Unless JGL did that. I don't really know how twitter works.

  • RobynRobotron

    I would bet all my possessions that by the time Neil signed up for twitter, someone was already using his actual name. There are multiple handles with different variations, for him to say, "yeah, this one is me" isn't that arrogant.

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  • Sean

    But Goyer is a hack. A nice guy, but a hack. Other than that...fucking awesome.

  • AsdffAnon

    David Goyer is the WORST.

  • Daniel Valentin

    OOH OOH YOU GUYS! How about this one? Lucifer: Mads Mikkelsen. Ehh? Eeeehhh?

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    while i would much rather the entire series was done as a TV show like Game of Thrones, i trust JGL as an artist, and i'm hoping he'll know when to step in and when to step out. Neil Gaiman is apparently involved as well as a consultant. so hopefully that will help keep it on track.

    and yeah, i mean Cumberbatch or Hiddleston if we want to bring in known actors. otherwise, bring in an unknown hero.

    if they do the Doctor Destiny story in the movie (which could really stand on it's own), i might faint from glee and terror

  • foolsage

    Preludes and motherfuckin' Nocturnes. Hells yes! They're not just going to use something loosely based on (or "inspired by") Gaiman's work; they're going to actually use Gaiman's work. Woot!

  • sweetfrancaise

    You know who NEEDS to be Dream?

    Tom Hiddleston.

    End of discussion, and I bid you good day.

  • bastich

    My vote is for Doug Bradley as Destiny, "Pinhead" voice and all.

  • Daniel Valentin

    I think JGL will probably play Dream, and I think that's good casting, so here's my choice for the other Endless:
    -Destiny: Hugo Weaving, using a mid-point between Agent Smith's creepy monotone and Elrond's wistful voices.
    -Death: Zooey Deschanel. Her quirky schtick fits Death's personality.
    -Despair: Gabourey Sidibe. Not only does she have the body type, but she's great at playing melancholy characters. Just because Despair is deathly pale, doesn't mean she can't be played by a black actress. Plus, if they gave her a black albino look, it'd look awesomely creepy.
    -Destruction: Karl Urban. Rugged good looks and when he plays a lively character he's super likeable. Plus, I just like seeing Karl Urban in anything.
    -Delirium: Here's the out-of-left-field casting choice: Ashly Burch. "Who?" you ask? She's the main character in the webseries Hey Ash, Whatcha' Playin'?, and her character is spastic and kinda nuts, but cute at the same time. She also played Tiny Tina in Borderlands 2, who's a character that I wouldn't be surprised was somewhat inspired by Delirium.

  • Robert

    Amanda Palmer is A) not known enough and B) not experienced enough to even come close to making her feature film scoring debut on a DC comics property. Cool yourself. It's not going to happen. Maybe she gets a song on the companion album that won't be included in the film. Maybe. Depends on how much control Neil Gaiman has on the project. They also butt heads all the time over their art and tend not to collaborate on each other's properties.

    The An Evening With...Concerts were a set of Neil reading stories, a set of Amanda singing songs, and then a very controlled set of Neil singing while Amanda played music and gritted her teeth over his rhythmic choices. I honestly expected a fight to break out whenever music played.

  • kdm

    If they can't get Bowie as Lucifer, then this should not be made.

  • Sean

    A 35 -40 yr old Bowie would be great. A 70 yr old Bowie, not so much.

  • Daniel Valentin

    Prime Bowie would have been perfect, but we need a younger actor to play him now.

    But seriously, Labyrinth-era Bowie was pretty much spot-on Lucifer.

  • kdm

    Gaiman has stated that Lucifer was modeled on folkie-days Bowie, so I just can't imagine anyone else doing it.

    Maybe SWINTON? At this point she could probably do a better Bowie than Bowie.

    Actually, I would be okay with SWINTON playing all of the roles.

  • Daniel Valentin

    SWINTON is Desire, period.

  • Daniel Valentin

    As much as I hate her, I have to grudgingly admit that Zooey Deschanel's quirky schtick and look actually kinda fit for Death, so a [500] Days Of Summer reunion might be in order.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Are you just trying to upset me right now?

  • Three_nineteen

    If Death plays a ukelele in the film, I'll know who to blame.

  • bastich

    I bought your burrito and tried to email it to you, but it won't fit in my disk drive! Even if I set the disk burner on "Delicious", nothing happens!

    Would you be cool with a quesadilla? It's kinda disk-shaped, so it should fit.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I only eat my quesadillas folded up and stuffed into a burrito.

  • emmalita

    A 'burrdilla' if you will. Because left alone, Tex-Mex won't kill you fast enough.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    ....he's directing?

  • manting

    JGL is actually producing not staring, he is not right for the role anyway. Prepare to see a long list of posts for Cumberbatch as Dream. I would prefer an unknown to play Dream. This series belongs on HBO not as a film. There's too much story and detail to capture in a film. Also if they are going to do a movie get Terry Gilliam. He can capture the dreaming and the storylines with his unique and skewed vision.

  • Jaime Birren

    Eh; though I love him, Gilliam is too focused on making things Gilliam-ish. The Sandman stuff is weird enough all on its own, and can speak for itself - I'd be afraid he'd try too hard to make it his own.

  • manting

    He's who Gaiman wanted a few years ago when asked.

  • Daniel Valentin


  • Jaime Birren

    Oh yes; there just isn't any other option.

  • marigi

    Jared Leto??? *ducks for incoming rotten eggs*

  • kdm

    Huh. I wouldn't have thought of that (mainly because Leto bugs the hell out of me), but now that you mention it, I can see it.

  • Calling it now...Ellen Page as Death.

  • Sean

    I can live with that. Although I was thinking Emily Browning would be better.

  • JJ

    And Keanu Reeves reprising his role as John Constantine, right?

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Go to your corners, both of you are on time out.

  • JJ

    No! You can't make me! Peter Stormare as Lucifer!

  • Pants-are-a-must

    No no no, you don't get to back down right now, you know what you did.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring and directing? Fuuuuuck yeah!

    David Goyer writing? Fuuuuuck me.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Yes. Goyer needs to go away.

  • NateMan

    He's made some crap, certainly. However, he also wrote Dark City, Blade II (the other ones don't count), Jumper (which IMO was better than most people think), the Dark Knight movies, Man of Steel, Da Vinvi's Demons (which I was told isn't awful), so I'm willing to give him a try.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    It's worth noting that he was a co-writer on Dark City, Jumper, and the Dark Knight movies. Of the ones you listed that he wrote by himself, Blade II had Guillermo Del Toro going for it, and Man of Steel was awful. (I know nothing of Da Vinci's Demons, so who knows on that one). So if Neil Gaiman co-writes with Goyer, I think we'll be in good shape.

  • jthomas666

    Don't forget The Unborn. God knows I wish I could.

  • marigi

    Well, I guess marrying Gaiman made Amanda Palmer very unpopular. I wouldn't be surprised if she worked on the soundtrack, maybe with Tori Amos, another favorite of the author. They are doing music together lately.

    In any case: I'M SO EXCITED!!! I really hope they don't fuck it up, pleasepleaseplease!

  • VonnegutSlut

    Amanda Palmer made Amanda Palmer very unpopular.

  • sweetfrancaise


  • marigi

    I wouldn't know, since I don't follow. I was just joking on how even someone like Gaiman could have had fans react poorly to his getting involved with anyone.

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