David S. Goyer Talks His Involvement with GODZILLA and THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

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Coming off the success of The Dark Knight Trilogy and some highly positive buzz for this summer’s Man of Steel, screenwriter David S. Goyer is understandably a very busy guy.  Goyer is getting ready to launch his new TV series Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz, recently signed on to write and direct a new iteration of The Count of Monte Cristo, and also did some work on the script for Legendary’s new Godzilla film.  Steve recently spoke with Goyer in anticipation of the premiere of Da Vinci’s Demons, and the scribe clarified his involvement with Godzilla and also talked about the prospect of juggling a TV show and Count of Monte Cristo at the same time.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

godzilla posterDirector Gareth Edwards’ new take on Godzilla is currently in production in Vancouver, but the project went through a number of screenwriters on the road to filming.  Goyer did some work on the script in addition to Frank Darabont, Max Bornstein, and David Callaham, and Steve asked the scribe about his involvement with the film:

“[I was involved with Godzilla] a little bit.  I mean I did three or four weeks of work on Godzilla, it wasn’t a page-one rewrite or anything like that.  The term is ‘script doctoring,’ is what I did on it.”

The scribe went on to talk about how his busy schedule didn’t allow him much time to devote to the monster pic:

“I did jump at the chance [to do it] but one of the reasons why I only did three weeks was because I was very busy.  The good news/bad news about where I’m at in my career now is I get offered a lot of cool things and I can’t always work on them because my dance card’s often full.  I’ve definitely had to—there’ve been some ones that have gotten away that I wish I could’ve worked on.”

Steve also asked Goyer how he might go about writing and directing Count of Monte Cristo while at the same time running Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons, to which Goyer simply replied:

“I have no idea. [Laughs] Champagne problems, I guess.  I don’t know, we’ll see.”

You can watch the portion of Steve’s interview with Goyer regarding Godzilla and Count of Monte Cristo below, following by a full transcript.  Look for the full interview on Collider soon.

If you missed what Goyer had to say about Man of Steel click here, and if you missed his comments on possibly working on a new Batman film for Warner Bros. click here.

david-s-goyer-the-count-of-monte-cristoCollider: If I’m not mistaken, you might be directing Count of Monte Cristo.

DAVID S. GOYER: Yeah that’s in development right now. 

With Da Vinci’s Demons, I’m confident that people are going to be watching.  How is it going to be for you if the show does get picked up for a second season in terms of being able to do other things?

GOYER: I have no idea. [Laughs

I saw the announcement and I’m like, “Okay if he’s doing Da Vinci’s Demons that’s like a full-time gig.”

GOYER: Champagne problems, I guess.  I don’t know, we’ll see. 

If I’m also not mistaken, you might have been involved with Godzilla.

GOYER: A little bit.  I mean I did three or four weeks of work on Godzilla, it wasn’t a page-one rewrite or anything like that.  The term is “script doctoring,” is what I did on it.

All of us grew up with Godzilla.  Was it something when you were presented with that you jumped at the chance?

GOYER: I did jump at the chance but one of the reasons why I only did three weeks was because I was very busy.  The good news/bad news about where I’m at in my career now is I get offered a lot of cool things and I can’t always work on them because my dance card’s often full.  I’ve definitely had to—there’ve been some ones that have gotten away that I wish I could’ve worked on.

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