Joseph Gordon-Levitt opts out of ‘The Sandman’

Los Angeles, March 6 (IANS) Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has opted out of “Sandman” project due to disagreement with New Line studio.

The announcement came a day after New Line confirmed that “The Conjuring 2” writer Eric Heisserer had come on board for the project.

Gordon-Levitt announced his decision on Saturday via a post on his Facebook page, saying that the disagreements emerged after Warner subsidiary New Line took over the project, variety.com.

“The Sandman” was set up at Warner Bros in 2013 with Gordon-Levitt coming aboard to produce with “The Dark Knight” screenwriter David Goyer for an adaptation of the DC Comics title.

“So, as you might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, a while back, David Goyer and I made a producing deal with Warner Brothers to develop a movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’,” Gordon-Levitt wrote.

He added: “Neil himself came on as an executive producer, we hired the excellent screenwriter, Jack Thorne, and we started in on the ambitious task of adapting one of the most beloved and boundary-pushing titles in the world of comics. I was pleased with the progress we were making, even though we still had quite a ways to go.

“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 realise 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.”

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