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Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to direct and star in Sandman movie

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in (500) Days of Summer

Story by Jack Foley

JOSEPH Gordon-Levitt is set to direct and star in a Sandman movie.

Based on the acclaimed Vertigo comic, the film would be produced by David Goyer with author Neil Gaiman also on board to executive produce.

Sandman follows the story of Morpheus, the Lord of the Dreaming, a deity who personifies dreams.

Despite beginning life as a horror, it morphed into something more approaching a fantasy with the introduction of the Endless, a group of powerful brothers and sisters that includes Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium (as well as Dream).

Its success was such that its appeal eventually extended beyond the core comic book crowd and was picked up by intellectuals and women.

This is not the first time that a Sandman movie has been on the table. Roger Avary was involved in an attempt to bring it to the big screen in the mid-90s.

But Warner Bros is keen to come up with another franchise and seems to have placed its trust in Gordon-Levitt, who has previously directed Don Jon (which he also wrote) and starred in the comic book tentpole The Dark Knight Rises.

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