For me, what's important is the 2,500 pages of SANDMAN, not a movie that may or may not ever happen. https://t.co/6NZe47nvJ4— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 6, 2016
This Twitter post certainly makes it seem like Neil Gaiman isn’t all that broken up about a Sandman movie not happening at the moment. And as excited as some fans were to see the beloved comic on the big screen, there were likely just as many, if not more, who took a deep breath now that the notoriously "unfilmable" project has been taken back to the drawing board.
The chief reason why Joseph Gordon-Levitt abandoned ship was because Sandman recently moved homes from Warner Bros. to their subsidiary New Line. As he was also in line to direct and produce, he was unhappy with the creative direction that the project was moving, and stated that he and the studio no longer saw eye to eye on what makes Sandman special and how to proceed.
For his part, Neil Gaiman also reiterated that he has little to no creative control over what DC and it’s imprint Vertigo, which published Sandman, does with the comics. That includes writing, casting, and all the rest. Watching other people go in and muck with something you created must be a surreal and difficult thing for a writer to experience.
Reminder for the curious: I don't own SANDMAN. @DCComics does. I don't choose who writes scripts, the director, producer or cast.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 6, 2016
And despite the fact that Joseph Gordon-Levitt left Sandman without a star, director, or producer, Neil Gaiman has nothing be love for the 35-year-old multi-hyphenate.
And, for the record, my respect for @hitRECordJoe, is undiminished. Getting to know him was the best bit of the last round. He's special.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 5, 2016
The writer even hopes that he has the chance to work with Joseph Gordon-Levitt sometime in the future.
Despite the fact that we won’t see them work together on Sandman, we still have plenty to look forward to from Neil Gaiman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt separately. Bryan Fuller’s adaptation of Gaiman’s novel American Gods is still rolling right along at Starz, and we’ll see Gordon-Levitt later this year as he plays the lead in Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden pic Snowden.