‘Batman’ Writer David Goyer to Direct New Version of ‘Count of Monte Cristo’
Though he hasn’t had great luck with his own directing career, David Goyer has been one of the central masterminds behind the last fifteen years of superhero movies. Not only did he write all the ‘Blade’ movies, he worked on the scripts for Christopher Nolan‘s ‘Dark Knight‘ Trilogy and helped pen ‘Man of Steel‘ (and came up with the story for the new ‘Godzilla‘). His latest gig is directing a new version of ‘Count of Monte Cristo.’
This comes right before the launch of his new television show ‘Da Vinci’s Demons,’ which starts its run next month, so Goyer is obviously keeping busy. The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the story, notes that the film will be produced by Jeremy Bolt, a long time Paul W.S. Anderson producer, and with a script by Michael Robert Johnson, who also penned Anderson’s upcoming film ‘Pompeii.’ Perhaps Paul W.S. Anderson passed on this one.THR notes that the adaption was done with a graphic novel approach.
Alexandre Dumas’ novel ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ has been filmed repeatedly, with the first adaptation done in 1908, and with the most recent big screen version done in 2002, starring Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce. Though Goyer has achieved great success writing movies, his directorial filmography is filled with misfires like ‘Blade: Trinity,’ ‘The Invisible’ and ‘The Unborn.’ Perhaps he needs the right material, and hopefully this is it.