Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who signed on as a producer and possible star for a movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comic book series, told fans he has left the project over creative differences with its studio.
Levitt delivered the news over the weekend, explaining that he couldn't see eye-to-eye with New Line Cinema. The Sandman project, Gordon-Levitt said, changed hands after he came aboard, going to New Line as a creative decision by Warner Bros. to put its Vertigo comics properties under New Line.
"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," he wrote on his Facebook page. "So unfortunately, I decided to remove myself from the project."
Gaiman followed up on Twitter to compliment Gordon-Levitt but note to followers that "I don't choose who writes scripts, the director, producer or cast," as he doesn't own the series.
Taken one way, Gordon-Levitt's departure is a setback for the adaptation, especially if there was to be any chance for the star of The Dark Knight Rises to also star in this. Of course, if Gordon-Levitt's differences were so profound he has to leave now, it could mean this is barreling along toward certain production.