David S. Goyer to Direct THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Remake

     March 18, 2013


David S. Goyer, best known for his recent DC contributions as a screenwriter for The Dark Knight Trilogy and the upcoming Man of Steel, is now set to direct a remake of The Count of Monte Cristo.  In fact, the film is being pitched as a “19th Century Dark Knight” with a “graphic novel” approach to the script by Michael Robert Johnson (Sherlock Holmes), so make of that what you will.  The latest adaptation of the classic revenge tale by Alexandre Dumas will be made at Constantin Films with Impact Pictures’ Jeremy Bolt (Resident Evil) producing.  Hit the jump for more.

Heat Vision reports david-s-goyerthat Goyer will sign on for the director’s chair for The Count of Monte Cristo.  The story centers on Edmond Dantes, a young man betrayed and falsely jailed in early 19th century France.  While imprisoned on an island, Dantes meets a fellow inmate who educates him and also points him in the direction of a promised fortune.  After Dantes manages to escape years later, he re-enters Parisian society, ready to take revenge against the men who took away his love and his freedom.  Here’s what Goyer had to say about Johnson’s take on the material:

“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.”

Goyer’s next project, the Starz series Da Vinci’s Demons, will appear on TV screens starting April 12th.  And of course, Man of Steel opens in theaters on June 14th.

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  • Sean

    Isn’t it soon for another adaptation?

  • Deadpool

    We don’t need another one this soon. The other one still holds up. Such a great movie, one of my favorites.

  • Connor

    Way too soon, i still love the guy pearce, jim cavaziel one. They are not going to beat richard harris for the priest

  • ScottX

    Oh damm, I wanted to see the Guillermo de Toro’s verison.

  • Strong Enough

    stick to writing scripts David. you’re last directed movies were awful

  • Superprongs

    I get why people love the 2002 but as an adaptation of the book, it is weak. As a film: sure. It’s enjoyable. Good performances. Lotsa fun. Etc. But it really lacks the depth and charm of the book and is rather loosely follows a portion of the plot while fabricating the rest from generic Hollywood twists and resolutions. Sorry if I sound like a hater. I just did not find the film satisfying.
    I’m all for a new film but I’m not anxious to see Goyer take a crack at it… This is disappointing.

    • Ben

      Of course as an adaptation of the book it is weak. It is a single movie based on one of the longest books in the English language. It would be impossible to have a faithful adaptation in one ~2 hr film. If you cut the massive source material down enough to fit into a film, the problem becomes losing the motivation of the character or the tone of the experience. I think they did a great job of maintaining both though it meant reworking some of the plot.

      • Superprongs

        I just don’t agree. I understand that film and literature are different mediums and I’m all for alteration in adaptation. Often people complain when films deviate from their source material but it’s necessary.
        My complaint with The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) is that it abandons all themes except Revenge. It just feels very shallow. *SPOILERS*
        Edmond has no regret in the film and he is happily together with Mercedes and their son (?!) Albert? This just does not reflect his character arc at all. The Count is overwhelmed by guilt when he realizes what he’s become and how far he’s gone. Edmond and Mercedes are not meant to be together when all is said and done. It’s just not that kind of revenge story.
        And the character Maxwell is not in the film at all yet midway through the book he becomes something from a replacement protagonist as the Count retreats to the background. I admit that I wouldn’t expect a reasonably-lenghted film to include his character but his removal felt like salt in a wound.
        I will say I enjoyed Guy Pearce in the film.

      • Great white hype

        They should have made it 3 hours and maybe they could of attacked a few more themes from the book. It sure didn’t feel like a 2 hour movie. I always wished the prison sequence was longer or that they showed a little bit of his pirate life. But it’s probably hard to sell a 3 hour Count of Monte Christo movie to general audiences. It’s also why they Hollywooded the ending by having Edmond and Mercedes live happily ever after.

  • lovetron

    What exactly is a “graphic novel approach” to a movie when the source material isn’t a graphic novel? Honest question.

  • adiddf

    Why the hell is this happening? Who really wants this to happen? Do we need it?

    • jackjack

      They need to turn it into a musical, coz LesMiz was fricking mesmerizing!
      Heh, I’m joking. I guess the only person that needs this is David Goyer.

  • ken

    He’s a good screenwriter but boy does he suck as a director.

  • Dr. Zoid

    Just watch Gankutsuou, a brilliant anime adaptation of this story.

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