Warner Bros. and David S. Goyer Agree to Three-Year First-Look Deal

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You might have been under the impression that screenwriter David S. Goyer had an existing deal with Warner Bros. since he’s written for the studio’s Batman trilogy and Superman reboot over the last eight years.  Because Goyer’s been so busy scripting DC’s superhero features, he admittedly didn’t need a deal in the past.  Now, this three-year first-look deal with WB includes upcoming films Batman Vs Superman and Justice League, along with other non-superheroic pics that may have Goyer landing in the director’s chair.  Hit the jump for more, including Goyer’s reaction to Ben Affleck playing Batman.

david-s-goyerDeadline reports that Warner Bros. and Goyer now have a three-year first-look deal officially in place.  The first project under the new agreement is the “untitled Hitchockian thriller with a grounded sci-fi element that Doug Jung is writing as a potential directing vehicle for Goyer.”  Goyer is currently busy writing the Batman Vs. Superman followup to Man of Steel that will see Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill returning, with the addition of Affleck.  Here’s Goyer’s terse response to how Affleck will do in the iconic role of Bruce Wayne/Batman:

“He’ll do the role proud.”

Well said.  Goyer was a bit more wordy in his reaction to landing the new deal at WB:

“I was perfectly happy not having a deal, and just financed the overhead myself. Warner Bros graciously offered me a deal and they’ve provided the lion’s share of my employment over the last decade, so what the hell?”

Outside of the realm of feature films, Goyer’s been dabbling in television, most recently creating Da Vinci’s Demons for Starz.  Here’s what Goyer had to say about his expanded role:

“Aside from me helping the studio break story on some of their properties and them supporting me as a director, we want to find other projects in an area I could call elevated genre, and this first project falls neatly into the category. I’ve found TV to be a more collaborative medium for writers than film, and there is a ton of terrific writers working in network TV and basic cable right now. Part of the intent of this deal is to tap that stable of writers and bring them into the feature world as well.”

 




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  • sha

    This guy is an much a hack as jj hack abrams is.

    The only good things goyer has done is ‘Dark City’ (1998) and ‘Blade’ and ‘Blade 2′, and ‘Jumper’, the rest of his work has been shit.

    • axalon

      Jumper is not good man…

    • gar216

      Those were all great (except jumper)… Calling he and JJ “Hack” makes you sound stupid. Their projects have made way more than they have lost.

    • RiddleThemThis

      You definitely need to remove Jumper from that otherwise great list.

    • sashwan h

      ‘Dark CIty’ is such an underrated film and should have been a mega hit at the box office. I have all the versions of it on dvd and vhs. Classic film!

      • The Flobbit

        Dark City WOULD have been a hit if it weren’t for a little film called…Titanic. But yes, it is an excellent film. Stunning.

      • Guest

        You mean the matrix ?

      • The Flobbit

        Whatever.

      • GrimReaper07

        I loved the first half of Dark City and hated the second. Honestly that first half is absolutely amazing.

      • GrimReaper07

        I loved the first half of Dark City and hated the second. Honestly that first half is absolutely amazing.

    • The Flobbit

      Dark City is great, but are you forgetting Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, all of which Goyer had a large part in?

      • JBug

        TDKR wasn’t good, but good point.

      • The Flobbit

        TDKR was good, but good point.

      • cetrata

        Actually, Goyer only cowrote the first film with nolan and came up with the treatments for the sequels. The nolan brothers were actually the main reason for their success.

      • The Flobbit

        Your point? That Goyer has not worked on good films before?

      • cetrata

        What I’m trying to say that Goyer is a good idea’s man (someone who comes up with stories) but when it comes to writing scripts, he’s terrible.

      • The Flobbit

        Terrible is far too strong a word, son. Someone like Damon Lindelof or Adam Sandler is terrible. Goyer is slightly above mediocre…at best. But he’s not terrible.

    • bombinUSA

      what the hell have you done with your miserable worthless life? nothing, shutup you god damn nerd.

  • sense11

    Cue the Trolls & h8ers

    • Brenno

      For sure man. It’s a given that you will discover the same cynical crap made by a bunch of scathing armchair critics in any given movie news article.

      It’s like they feed off each others hate
      Case and point, highest rated comment on this article “Jumper is not good man…” …HIGHEST RATED comment right there lol

    • Brenno

      For sure man. It’s a given that you will discover the same cynical crap made by a bunch of scathing armchair critics in any given movie news article.

      It’s like they feed off each others hate
      Case and point, highest rated comment on this article “Jumper is not good man…” …HIGHEST RATED comment right there lol

  • Dev1359

    Well this is terrible. Goyer is awesome conceptually when it comes to creating worlds but absolutely sucks at writing.

  • bork1138

    How do Lindeloff, Abrams, Kurtzman and Goyer all get work on high profile projects while being terrible at their jobs and offered more responsibility at the same time? Seriously, I wanna know

    • Jan

      At lot of these ‘writers’ are good salesmen; they know how to pitch a story and deliver a script on time. Unfortunately, that rarely guarantees a good movie…

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      Because their projects either make the right people happy or make lots of money. Thus, while you may not like projects they have worked on, it’s not surprising the writer of a hit show and many films, the writer/director of multiple hit films and TV shows, the writer of many hit films, and the co-writer/story credit for multiple massive blockbusters have gotten repeat jobs.

      All of these guys, if you look at what matters to the studios, have solid resumes and continue to have solid resumes. Viewers have voted with their dollars and viewership and these guys are all creating projects people like.

      • bork1138

        so you’re telling me goyer has a solid resume? beg to differ, certainly not worth the acclaim of being handed these top top projects at the very least, he’s an awful writer. And the rest of them I listed only do well off the success of others. Hardly say Kurtzman and Lindeloff have solid resumes either, I still wonder how they’ve got to where they are today. Look at Kurtzman’s resume on IMDB, he came from nowhere and is now on top projects. Sure the films he works on are hits, but no thanks to his writing ability which is terrible. Mainly because they’re using existing characters in pop culture, you can’t argue with that.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        First off, you can’t discredit that the films are hits. You may not like them, but enough people (in studios and in seats) liked the film to make them hits.

        Second, writers only have so much power. People love to attack Lindeloff for Prometheus, but he wasn’t the most powerful man in the room He was hired by Ridley Scott to do Ridley Scott’s re-writes. Ridley told him what to change and how to change it. The writer is just the writer. The director and the studio are the ones who pick what moves forward and give direction to the writer.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        And if you look at financial success, YES Goyer has a very solid resume. If you look at critical success, Goyer has an extreme mixed bag. Some are very highly rated and others are very lowly rated.

      • bork1138

        I do actually like some of the films he’s involved in, but I’d go as far to say that those that have been rated highly are down to other peoples involvement or it being based on an established story or character to work with. He has no original ideas that have a strong impact nor does he write well. I’m just amazed he still gets offered these big gigs as if he’s the one responsible for its successes. And with Lindeloff, he is the writer, not Ridley Scott, and while he will’ve had say on where the story goes, the actual details is down to the writer and thats where Prometheus failed. Great idea and concepts overall but the writing and character choices let it down. But hey I’m just a guy writing on a movie news blog.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        I will say this, Goyer has about as mixed bag of a resume as you can get. He’s been involved in mega-hits and mega flops. He’s written critic favorites and critic punching bags.

        I like most didn’t like Prometheus and would agree with it’s flaws. I’m not saying Lindeloff shouldn’t get some of the flack, but reading the comment sections ANYWHERE people tear him to shreds for it without mentioning Scott’s involvement. That’s what I have a problem with. There was a script before Lindeloff came in. Scott didn’t like it and had Lindeloff come in in and re-write it. Scott liked the re-write and moved forward. Lindeloff did write, but it was re-written under Scott’s direction and approval. You must acknowledge the most powerful creative force was Scott on the project and if Scott didn’t like something he could have changed it.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      Because their projects either make the right people happy or make lots of money. Thus, while you may not like projects they have worked on, it’s not surprising the writer of a hit show and many films, the writer/director of multiple hit films and TV shows, the writer of many hit films, and the co-writer/story credit for multiple massive blockbusters have gotten repeat jobs.

      All of these guys, if you look at what matters to the studios, have solid resumes and continue to have solid resumes. Viewers have voted with their dollars and viewership and these guys are all creating projects people like.

    • bombinUSA

      because there aren’t writers around who delve into sci-fi, comic-action, etc like these guys. grow a brain you idiot, do you think you can do better? shutup.

  • The Flobbit

    Get your shit together Goyer. Feige is running circles around you.

  • The Flobbit

    Get your shit together Goyer. Feige is running circles around you.

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