Writer/director David Goyer looks to be making the movie from comic book superheroes to literary ones.
Best known for his work on the Blade films, Christopher Nolan’s rebooted Batman trilogy and the upcoming Man of Steel, Goyer has signed on to direct an adaptation of the epic Alexandre Dumas novel The Count of Monte Cristo, according to The Hollywood Reporter will mark Goyer’s first feature film directorial gig since the 2009 Michael Bay-produced horror film, The Unborn
Written in 1844, the story centers on a young merchant sailor who life is destroyed after he is falsely accused of treason and thrown into jail. After receiving an education from a fellow inmate, he escapes many years later and re-enters Parisian society, hellbent on exacting revenge on those who betrayed him.
A frequently adapted property, the most recent cinematic version was a 2002 film of the same name starring Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce, which took many liberites with the source material. Moreover, the hit ABC drama Revenge heavily borrows its concept from the novel.
The new version comes courtesy by Constantin Films. The company previously released a steampunk-inspired version another famous Dumas novel, The Three Musketeers, in 2011.
Goyer will be directing from a script by Michael Robert Johnson.
“During my career I’ve enjoyed re-invigorating and contextualizing classic characters that are relatable to contemporary audiences,” Goyer said in the article. “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.”