JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT Leaves SANDMAN Film Over Studio Disputes

The Sandman by P. Craig Russell
Credit: P. Craig Russell (DC/Vertigo)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has announced on Facebook that he's left the long-gestating film adaptation of DC/Vertigo's The Sandman. Here's what the actor/producer had to say:


RE: SANDMANSo, as you might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, a while back, David Goyer and I made a...

Posted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Saturday, March 5, 2016


This announcement comes just days after New Line hired screenwriter Eric Heisserer to join the production (according to The Hollywood Reporter). Heisserer notes that Gordon-Levitt left well before he'd ever joined the project, however. 

"Creative differences are bound to happen," tweeted Heisserer. "And it's always healthier to part ways rather than endure a lot of heartbreak. Respect."

For his part, Neil Gaiman -- who co-created the Sandman character -- called Gordon-Levitt "smart, honest and really nice," and hoped to work with him again in the future.

"And, for the record, my respect for [Gordon-Levitt], is undiminished," Gaiman tweeted. "Getting to know him was the best bit of the last round. He's special."

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