Joseph Gordon-Levitt Announces His Departure From ‘Sandman’ Production Chris Salce March 6, 2016 It looks like the Sandman film may have hit a snag. Back in December of 2013, Joseph Gordon-Levitt had signed on to produce the movie adaptation of Neil S. Gaiman’s Sandman. In February 2014, the film hired writer John Throne to pen the script, and David Goyer was attached to the film. Since then, not much has been heard of the production of the film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt took to Facebook to not only give an update on where the film is but he also announced his departure from the project and gave his reasons as to why. Recently, as you also might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, the sorta “ownership” (for lack of a better term) of the Sandman material changed hands when Warner Brothers shifted the entire catalogue of Vertigo comics (an imprint of DC) to their subsidiary, New Line. And a few months ago, I came to realize that the folks at New Line and I just don’t see eye to eye on what makes Sandman special, and what a film adaptation could/should be. So unfortunately, I decided to remove myself from the project. I wish nothing but the best for the team moving forward. I’d like to thank all the great people I’ve had the opportunity to work with on this one. I’ve had a blast with and learned a ton from David and Jack. Niija Kuykendall, Greg Silverman, and everyone at Warner Brothers have been fantastic, as have Geoff Johns and everyone at DC. And it’s been a particular privilege as well as a rocking good time getting to know Mr. Gaiman, whose generous insights and masterful work have certainly convinced me that the Lord of Dreams and the Prince of Stories are one and the same Endless pattern. You can see Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s full post in the link above.