David Goyer to Helm 'Graphic Novel' Take on 'Count of Monte Cristo'
Another day, another remake. Ugh what are you doing David Goyer? This isn't necessary. Though I'm sure it'll turn out pretty badass, I just hope it's any good. News from THR that David S. Goyer, famed co-writer of The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, and director of horror films The Invisible and The Unborn, has found his next project to direct - a "graphic novel" take on the classic Alexandre Dumas story The Count of Monte Cristo. He won't even be directing his own script, but he will likely be giving this a Sherlock Holmes update, with the industry buzz phrase for the project being a "19th century Dark Knight".
Goyer describes his interest in this new take on The Count of Monte Cristo, with the screenplay written by Michael Robert Johnson (upcoming Pompeii), to THR: "During my career I've enjoyed re-invigorating and contextualizing classic characters that are relatable to contemporary audiences. Michael has written an excellent script and I’m going to enjoy bringing our take of the rich and textured world of Monte Cristo to the big screen." It's said to be have a more "graphic novel" approach, obviously with that Batman reference, with this French tale of revenge. Germain studio Constantin Films, who made Paul W.S. Anderson's recent films, is developing with Impact Pictures' Jeremy Bolt (Death Race, Pandorum, Resident Evil) producing.
To be frank, this seems like a very odd choice for Goyer to direct, and not a step in the right direction for him if I might say. He's not very well regarded as a director, and taking on a classic like this from the studio that gave us Paul W.S. Anderson's The Three Musketeers, doesn't seem like a good move to me. I'm a huge fan of the most recent 2002 version of the story, directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring Jim Caviezel, and there's no way this "graphic novel" take will be able to top that. Though I am curious to see how it turns out.