Filmmaker David S. Goyer has been very busy in the superhero realm these past few years as the co-writer of The Dark Knight Trilogy and the screenwriter behind last year’s Superman reboot Man of Steel. Goyer most recently penned the first draft of the Man of Steel follow-up, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it’s been five years since he was last in the director’s chair on a feature film. That’s poised to change soon, as Goyer is attached to direct The Breach for Lionsgate, which will see the filmmaker navigating present day sci-fi territory.
While speaking with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura in anticipation of the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Steve also steered the conversation towards The Breach. Di Bonaventura provided an update on the project, saying they’re currently in the process of budgeting and are beginning to talk about cast. Moreover, the producer provided more details about the story, which will apparently involve an accident with the Large Hadron Collider. Read on after the jump.
“Our hope is [it will be moving forward soon]. We have a great script, we’ve been in the process of budgeting now, and we’re just starting to talk to cast. Lionsgate seems very excited about making it, so I’m really hoping to. I love present day sci-fi.”
Di Bonventura stressed that while the film is in the sci-fi genre, it also has an emotional center:
“There’s a very emotional story, a very heartfelt character study at the middle of it, which is great. I love the gizmos—you know me, I love all the crazy stuff—but there’s a really emotional core to this thing that makes it work. It’s really kind of an unusual—the author did a wonderful job with the book, it’s an adaptation. It’s got some really, really original ideas and things people are gonna see.”
As for the logline, the previous description of the film said that it involved “a former cop and ex-convict who stumbles across a crashed 747 and a mysterious artifact that will determine the fate of the future.” Di Bonaventura provided a bit more clarity on the film’s plot, revealing that it deals with the ramifications of the Large Hadron Collider:
“The Breach is essentially a story about what happens when the supercollider goes wrong… We’ve always heard that a black hole could open up. Something actually that no one’s ever hypothesized, but a variation on it, occurs which creates a life-threatening situation for the entire world. In it is thrown a reluctant hero up against things that are far more sophisticated than he is and he’s gotta think by his wits. In a way, good old-fashioned human intuition and instinct is what is the thing that allows him to fight something that’s so much more extraordinarily intelligent and all-knowing.”
After working as a screenwriter on some of the biggest properties around, Goyer no doubt is itching to direct a large-scale film of his own. Hopefully he delivers a smart and thrilling entry in the sci-fi genre with The Breach.
Watch the video portion of the interview below, and look for Steve’s full interview with di Bonaventura on Collider soon.