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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Leaves Sandman Project Over Creative Differences

The actor announced the news on his Facebook page yesterday.

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The film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, which has been in the making for at least two years already, is now down a director and star in Joseph Gordon-Levitt–who announced via his Facebook page that he had departed from the project.

This announcement comes only a day after the news broke that the film had landed a writer–Eric Heisserer, who’s penned both the remakes of A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing. You can read Gordon-Levitt’s statement in full below:

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

“Creative differences” is a common reason cited for why many pairings on Hollywood don’t seem to be working out well in collaboration efforts; it seems that along the way, ownership of the material directly contributed to putting Sandman in the hands of folks who didn’t quite have the same vision that JGL did. It’ll be interesting to see if the project moves forward as planned–especially now that there’s a scriptwriter involved–or if this might be one of those adaptations shelved in perpetuity.

Neil Gaiman had this to say on Gordon-Levitt’s departure:

Writer Eric Heisserer also clarified a few details via Twitter about JGL leaving:

(via THR)

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