I remember about eight years ago the then Warner Brothers co-studio head Billy Gerber told me that he got weekly calls from people who wanted to make, direct or star in a Sandman film. “On Wednesday,” he said, “Michael Jackson called about it.” Given the comments some months ago from Alan Horn and Jeff Robinoff, who now run Warner Brothers, I don’t believe the calls from people who want to make Sandman have decreased in the last eight years — quite the reverse. Which I mention because I got a small deluge of letters from people asking me what I thought about Joel Shumacherthat he’d love to direct a Sandman film and wondering if that meant that it was now about to happen, and of course it doesn’t and it isn’t. It simply puts Mr Schumacher in a very long line of people who want to make Sandman, some way ahead of Michael Jackson.
Is it wrong that I would like to have seen Jackson as Dream? Mind you, not in the actual movie; that would be awful. Just a test scene or something that would make its way on to YouTube.