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  • Mark Carroll

    While I do think well of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, bringing Sandman to the screen strikes me as a very challenging project that, while it would be great if it worked well, it'd surprise me if it did.

  • It doesn't sound promising, does it?

  • JustStark

    I don't see how it's even conceptually possible to adapt Sandman into a film. The whole point of Sandman is that it's a sprawling picaresque, where not just the individual stories but also the narrative spine itself aren't as important as the framework within which the individual narratives and fractured bits of narratives are held (the heart of Sandman, after all, is in the issues where stories exist within stories within stories within stories — it's certainly not in the main plot of the Sandman's death and resurrection, which is an inexpressibly tedious bit of adolescent posturing angst).

    To make it a single film with a beginning, middle and end would be to completely miss the entire point of the thing.

    I suppose you could just about maybe make a stab at adapting it as a television series, make it a sort of multi-layered anthology thing, with different levels of story each episode, and many visual and directorial styles, to try to capture something of the variety of art styles…

    … but given the comic book already exists, why would you bother?

  • Presumably they're aiming more for the Constantine end of adaptations rather than the Watchmen end. I guess they saw Inception, saw the revenues and thought to themselves “I wonder if we could do something else about dreams…”

  • Rullsenberg

    That Inception prompt seems accurate but makes me groan… Nowt against J G-L he's great but like JustStark says, what's the point of doing the comics again, badly, in a format that doesn't lend itself to what the original captured…?