David S. Goyer has set up his next directorial effort, but it won’t be a DC Comics property and it won’t be at Warner Bros. Heat Vision reports that Goyer will helm an adaptation of the Patrick Lee novel The Breach for Lionsgate, which is an action-thriller that follows a former cop and ex-convict who stumbles across a crashed 747 and a mysterious artifact that will determine the fate of the future. Goyer has been developing this project for some time with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, but it now looks to be moving forward fairly quickly.
Goyer originated the take on Superman that resulted in Man of Steel and penned the screenplay for the film, and he’s been seen as the man steering some of WB’s DC Comics adaptations. He wrote the script for the untitled Man of Steel follow-up involving Batman and Superman, but the project recently enlisted Oscar-winning Argo scribe Chris Terrio to do further work on the script. Hit the jump for more on the project and Goyer’s current slate.
Per Heat Vision’s report, Warner Bros. was among the bidders vying for The Breach, but Lionsgate won out in the end due to a desire to fast track the project. Goyer hasn’t directed a feature since 2009’s The Unborn, but he has helmed episodes of his Starz series Da Vinci’s Demons and has been itching to direct another film for a while. Word had it that he initially wanted to helm Man of Steel before the job was given to Zack Snyder, and rumors swirled that he would be directing an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman for WB, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be pulling triple duty as star, producer, and direct of that project.
Goyer has hinted in the past that he might be writing the eventual Justice League movie, but that film still has yet to be given a release date and if The Breach moves forward quickly, Goyer may be busy for the next year or two on that film in addition to his Da Vinci’s Demons duties. Moreover, the busy writer/producer recently set up a Constantine adaptation at NBC with a pilot commitment, so he certainly has his hands full at the moment.