Joseph Gordon-Levitt Leaves Sandman

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FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2013 file photo, director, writer and cast member, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, poses at the premiere of “Don Jon’s Addiction” during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The movies that populate independent film festivals continue to elicit lead actors hoping to foster career shifts. Robert Redford’s Sundance, kicking off it’s 30th year on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Park City, Utah, continues to attract the crux of the film business. As actors Kristen Stewart and Gordon-Levitt have learned, the indie fest is the ideal place to cast a new net. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)

It is learnt that Joseph Gordon-Levitt left the movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman?s Sandman. Levitt was supposed to star as well as direct the movie. The news came just a day after writer Eric Heisserer joined the Sandman team as the next writer, according to Blastr. Heisserer is known for movies like The Thing (2011), Final Destination 5 (2011) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).

Few movies in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt has acted are 500 Days of Summer, Inception, Hesher, 50/50, Premium Rush and The Dark Knight Rises. He will also be seen as Edward Snowden in the Oliver Stone film Snowden, that is scheduled to release on September 16, 2016.

The actor took to Facebook to make an announcement about Sandman. His post read:

?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. 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.?

It was due to certain creative differences that Levitt decided to part ways with the project after Sandman was moved to New Line Cinema. He also conveyed his good wishes to the team.

?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.?

He continued by thanking ?all the great people? that he had the chance to work with on the esteemed project. He admitted of having ?a blast? and gave credit to movie producer David Goyer and screenwriter Jack Thorne from whom he learnt a lot. He mentioned names like ?Niija Kuykendall, Greg Silverman, and said that the entire Warner Brothers was ?fantastic as were Geoff Johns and everyone at DC.?

?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,? he added.

It has been previously witnessed that many changes keep occurring within the team in the movie making process, ?However, it is a bit unusual that such a renowned actor leaves the production due to creative differences. ?
Neil Gaiman?s took to twitter and wrote good things about Levitt.?Levitt responded by thanking Gaiman.

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