Two projects Sandman and American Gods based on best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel and written novel are going further and further, ready to be produced to the viewers. Actor and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt who started working with Sandman’s project from its beginning, recently announced plans for Sandman to become a movie instead of TV show.
His words summarize the whole idea perfectly:
“I think a big screen adaptation is a better idea and here’s why. If you did the episodic version, I think it could very well end up as a not-as-good-version of what is already brilliant in the comics. But by reworking the material into a big movie, Gaiman’s brilliant characters and ideas get to take shape in a way they never have before. Also, I think Sandman deserves to look absolutely mind-blowingly awesome, just on a visual level, and as cinematic as some TV shows are becoming these days, they still can’t compete with big movies visually, just because they can’t afford to.” Via Reddit.
Graphic novel Sandman is a story which follows Dream – lord of the dream realm and his problems meeting his other siblings Death, Destruction, Delirium, Destiny, Desire and Despair.
American Gods is being made as a TV show with Bryan Fuller (who is Hannibal’s show runner too) on top. It is being announced that Neil Gaiman is writing a few episodes for the new show based on his own novel. It will be exciting to watch how they will explore all the characters.
American Gods is a book about gods from all over the world, from all different religions who came with immigrants’ beliefs to the U.S. As the worshippers from older generations die, the gods have to do something to survive in the new world.
And Maps And Plans studio released their short animation movie Coda. It was nominated and won awards all over the world in 22 festivals, including Oscars and SXSW. It is the story about a drunken man, who leaves a bar and is hit by a car. He dies. Death meets him. But the man starts to bargain with death, forcing it to show him life’s wonders.
It is beautifully drawn and the 9 minutes of film fly by like nothing. I especially liked urban fox, who randomly shows up in the movie and follows characters around, making viewer to realize that she can see soul and death.
When beloved comedian Chris Farley committed suicide in 1997 Hollywood was shocked. A talented actor who made thousands laugh while he worked in NBC’s Saturday Night Live and comedy movies. However, the story behind him was not funny at all. Farley was lonely, suffering from depression and addictions to drugs. To reveal this darker side of the comedian, Hodgee Films and Network Entertainment created a documentary about the comedian where they talk with his friends and co-workers about his life.