Joseph Gordon-Levitt exits New Line's Sandman adaptation of Neil Gaiman's comic

Two years ago, we reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had signed on to produce a movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. Later the announcement came that he would direct and star in the work. 

Well, that dream is now dead, as Gordon-Levitt announced that he would be parting ways with the project due to creative differences. He released a lengthy statement this weekend via Facebook:

RE: SANDMANSo, as you might know if you like to follow these sorts of things, a while back, David Goyer and I made a...

There's no hard feelings from Gaiman, as he bid Gordon-Levitt a fond farewell:

He also added this, for clarity:  While the production is now without a director and star, it does have a writer. On Friday, it was announced that Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Final Destination 5, Nightmare on Elm Street) is on board to pen the script.

Regardless, it will be interesting to see how New Line moves forward with the film, as the fiercely beloved comic is quite unusual, shifting dramatically in tone and style over the series, veering from horror tales to Shakespeare re-imaginings to religious wars to an epic road trip. 

While the Sandman shakeup continues to be sorted, Starz's American Gods adaptation continues to move forward with casting news, as it was announced late last week that Ian McShane (Deadwood) will be playing Mr. Wednesday (a.k.a. Odin) in the series.