Sandman’s Three Gs: Gaiman, Gordon-Levitt & Goyer

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morpheus from Sandman

So, as Tor.com had it, “Joseph Gordon-Levitt to direct and star in Sandman movie, possibly the first in a multi-film franchise.” Granted, JGL clarified later on that he was only on board (for the moment) as a producer. David S. Goyer is, of course, also attached to produce.

As long-time followers of the Sandman film adaptation debacle will recall: this film has been stuck in development hell for over a decade and a half–and thankfully so. The most recently discussed draft had capes and superhero-esque origins and all kinds of foolishness. So thankfully, this iteration looks basically exactly like I said it would need to look, in order to get me interested: it looks like they’ve erased literally all of the film script work done on it, to this point, and started over from scratch. And I’m okay with that.

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Win the Audiobook of Heaven’s War!

Heavens War Audiobook

It’s Heaven’s War, out as an audiobook on CD from Books on Tape. It’s by David S. Goyer & Michael Cassutt and read by Joe J. Thomas. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

In this astounding sequel to Heaven’s Shadow, it has been discovered that the asteroid Keanu is not in fact a space object, but a massive interstellar ship built by aliens. Now, humanity has begun to colonize the ship. The first challenge for the refugee population is survival. The second is discovering why the The Architects–the unknown aliens who are actually controlling the asteroid–brought them there. The third is breaking out of the habitat. Because it’s clear that Keanu is moving again. And it is no longer heading towards Earth…It’s going home.

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Stuff You Need to Know, Friday, September 19, 2008

Bill Bailey
  • Bill Bailey is saying “never mind” to Never Mind the Buzzcocks after eleven series as a team captain. Guest captains will take over opposite Phill Jupitus for the new series, starting next month. Simon Amstell is indeed back to host. Bailey has stepped down reportedly due to “other work commitments.” I would say, if you can snag him, Noel Fielding, who sat in for Bailey previously, would make a great replacement. I’m sure I’m not alone in this sentiment. Source: Chortle.
  • Couples Retreat sounds like it might be amusing. At first, the four couples at a tropical island resort setup sounds like California Suite, which might be good. But then you cast Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman and comedian Faizon Love and it gets more interesting. Then you tell me Favreau’s the scribe–and Peter Billingsley is making his directorial debut on it. Yes, that Peter Billingsley. Apparently the retreat in question is for couples therapy–that’s mandatory. So whether you need or not, you’re going. This is apparently what Favreau is doing before hopping on the Iron Man 2 train with production on that starting next year. Speaking of which, did you catch the Billingsley cameo in Iron Man? I sure as hell didn’t realize that was him. Ken had to tell me. Source: Variety.
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