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David Goyer signs three-year first look deal with Warner Bros.; may direct new sci-fi thriller

Oct. 29, 2013by: Paul Shirey

David Goyer, best known for his work with Christopher Nolan on THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy and most recently with Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL and currently filming follow-up BATMAN VS SUPERMAN, has just inked a three-year first-look deal for his Phantom Four banner with Warner Bros. So, what does that mean to you? Well, it means that Goyer is keeping it in house with WB where he's had the most success and it means that he can develop new projects that don't necessarily involve superheroes.

Goyer's first project under the new deal will be "an untitled Hitchockian thriller with a grounded sci-fi element that Doug Jung is writing as a potential directing vehicle for Goyer." Goyer, who also writes, produces, and directs the Starz series Da Vinci's Demons, wasn't looking for a deal due to his busy schedule the last six years, but he told Deadline:

I was perfectly happy not having a deal, and just financed the overhead myself. Warner Bros graciously offered me a deal and theyve provided the lions share of my employment over the last decade, so what the hell?

Goyer also elaborated that he would like to bring other talent into the fold with this deal, saying:

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. Ive 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.

I haven't seen Da Vinci's Demons, but hear good things. As a director, I haven't been as impressed with Goyer (he previously helmed BLADE: TRINITY, THE INVISIBLE, and THE UNBORN), but his scripting has obviously gone a long way toward's the success of the DCU at Warner Bros. Perhaps with this deal he'll find a better niche for his non-comics work. Either way, it looks like Goyer has settled in at WB for the next few years (and likely for longer).

BATMAN VS SUPERMAN is set to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.

Source: Deadline

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10:47AM on 10/30/2013
I genuinely don't understand the stupidity of the world I'm living in.
I genuinely don't understand the stupidity of the world I'm living in.
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12:16AM on 10/30/2013
Every single thing wrong with Man of Steel boils down to its horrible script. I think Snyder can be a solid director, he certainly is visually creative, but he needs a good script to work with. Goyer can not, and never has, produced a good script by himself. The fact that WB has Goyer overseeing their comic book movies is a travesty for DC. Goyer has a piss poor understanding of the characters. In interviews Snyder seems to make sense when explaining Batman and Superman, yet in another
Every single thing wrong with Man of Steel boils down to its horrible script. I think Snyder can be a solid director, he certainly is visually creative, but he needs a good script to work with. Goyer can not, and never has, produced a good script by himself. The fact that WB has Goyer overseeing their comic book movies is a travesty for DC. Goyer has a piss poor understanding of the characters. In interviews Snyder seems to make sense when explaining Batman and Superman, yet in another interview Goyer will completely contradict everything Snyder says with some horrible philosophy for how DC character should be. Goyer claims that he had to turn Batman into a Marvel character to make him work in Batman Begins. WTF? Seriously Goyer, fuck off. Nolan is what made those films work.
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2:32AM on 10/30/2013
I wholeheartedly agree with you, except for the minor caveat that, as much as I love Michael Shannon in everything else I've ever seen him in, I thought that his Zod was hammy to the point of ridiculousness, especially at the beginning when he's sharing screen time with Russel Crowe who is playing Jor-El completely straight. You're right Snyder is capable of making very good films. He kind of reminds me of Tarsem in that aspect. They are both incredibly talented but their primary talent lies in
I wholeheartedly agree with you, except for the minor caveat that, as much as I love Michael Shannon in everything else I've ever seen him in, I thought that his Zod was hammy to the point of ridiculousness, especially at the beginning when he's sharing screen time with Russel Crowe who is playing Jor-El completely straight. You're right Snyder is capable of making very good films. He kind of reminds me of Tarsem in that aspect. They are both incredibly talented but their primary talent lies in visual flair rather than good storytelling. Hand them a great script and they can give you a brilliant film, but hand them a lousy one and all the visual trickery in world won't save it.
11:02PM on 10/29/2013
I think the guy is a bad director but a slightly better writer than people give him credit for. Does he deserve the veritable gobs of success coming his way? Maybe not; that's how Hollywood works. But look, Green Lantern was a badly-written comic book movie. Catwoman was a badly-written comic book movie, Steel was a badly-written comic book movie. Man of Steel wasn't. Did Man of Steel have some bad writing in it? Sure. But I don't think it deserves all the hype backlash aimed at Goyer. That
I think the guy is a bad director but a slightly better writer than people give him credit for. Does he deserve the veritable gobs of success coming his way? Maybe not; that's how Hollywood works. But look, Green Lantern was a badly-written comic book movie. Catwoman was a badly-written comic book movie, Steel was a badly-written comic book movie. Man of Steel wasn't. Did Man of Steel have some bad writing in it? Sure. But I don't think it deserves all the hype backlash aimed at Goyer. That said, I really would love to have seen Andrew Kevin Walker's Batman Superman script get filmed. In the end, I still have to admit that it is disappointing for me as a DC fan that Joss Whedon is shepherding the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and DC has David Goyer.
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9:33PM on 10/29/2013

Hey, Warner Bros. let's make a deal? You hire a better writer than Goyer (which isn't hard) and I'll be happy to fork over the price of a movie ticket!

Heck, I'll even splurge for IMAX. Really, it's that simple! Don't you guys get paid millions of dollars to figure out this kind of stuff?
Heck, I'll even splurge for IMAX. Really, it's that simple! Don't you guys get paid millions of dollars to figure out this kind of stuff?
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9:22PM on 10/29/2013
I watched the first episode of Da Vinci's Demons and I thought it sucked. That's all I have to add here, everything already summed up below.
I watched the first episode of Da Vinci's Demons and I thought it sucked. That's all I have to add here, everything already summed up below.
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5:11PM on 10/29/2013

Ugh...

This guy's one of the main reasons I can't enjoy the Batman movies, or Man of Steel for that matter.
This guy's one of the main reasons I can't enjoy the Batman movies, or Man of Steel for that matter.
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5:07PM on 10/29/2013
Anyone remember when Uwe Boll wouldn't go away, and studios kept giving him more and more money? Deja vu
Anyone remember when Uwe Boll wouldn't go away, and studios kept giving him more and more money? Deja vu
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4:01PM on 10/29/2013

Enough with the hate.

Goyer isn't exactly the hack that it's suddenly become popular to criticize him as. Where were the complaints during the Dark Knight trilogy? Yes, it's a fact that having the Nolan brothers with him definitely helped make that a resounding success. But it's not like the Nolans wrote the movies entirely by themselves. All of Bane's amazing dialogue (and Batman's, and Harvey Dent's, and Gordon's, etc etc) came from Goyer! He just needs a good director who understands character. Writers are
Goyer isn't exactly the hack that it's suddenly become popular to criticize him as. Where were the complaints during the Dark Knight trilogy? Yes, it's a fact that having the Nolan brothers with him definitely helped make that a resounding success. But it's not like the Nolans wrote the movies entirely by themselves. All of Bane's amazing dialogue (and Batman's, and Harvey Dent's, and Gordon's, etc etc) came from Goyer! He just needs a good director who understands character. Writers are usually only as good as the guy calling the shots. Snyder wanted Goyer to make Superman into what he was in the movie, and Goyer gave him that. How about DC/Warner Bros focus on getting good directors before we crucify the writer.

EDIT: Apparently he wasn't a writer for Dark Knight and TDKR, only worked on the story. That kind of punches a huge hole in my theory. Oops.
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9:30PM on 10/29/2013
False, false and false.

"Goyer isn't exactly the hack that it's suddenly become popular to criticize him as."

Oh yes he is.

"Where were the complaints during the Dark Knight trilogy?"

Umm, it wasn't there because he didn't write the movies. He did not the final draft of Batman Begins and played no part in writing any versions of the actual script for The Dark Knight or The Dark Knight Rises. Conversely he was the primary writer on The Invisible, Blade Trinity, Jumper and The
False, false and false.

"Goyer isn't exactly the hack that it's suddenly become popular to criticize him as."

Oh yes he is.

"Where were the complaints during the Dark Knight trilogy?"

Umm, it wasn't there because he didn't write the movies. He did not the final draft of Batman Begins and played no part in writing any versions of the actual script for The Dark Knight or The Dark Knight Rises. Conversely he was the primary writer on The Invisible, Blade Trinity, Jumper and The Uninvited. All of which majorly sucked.

"All of Bane's amazing dialogue came from Goyer!"

No, actually none of it did. It all came from Jonathan Nolan. As did the Joker's.

3 Strikes buddy, sorry. :S
9:44PM on 10/29/2013
You obviously didn't read the rest of my comment, buddy.
You obviously didn't read the rest of my comment, buddy.
2:24AM on 10/30/2013
I did read the rest of your comment, tacking on a little "Oh, now that you've read my comment I just want to inform you that it actually is all false because I didn't do my research" disclaimer at the end doesn't make everything before it any more true. If you're admitting that you were mistaken then why not just edit the entire comment to provide a new informed opinion that's actually accurate?
I did read the rest of your comment, tacking on a little "Oh, now that you've read my comment I just want to inform you that it actually is all false because I didn't do my research" disclaimer at the end doesn't make everything before it any more true. If you're admitting that you were mistaken then why not just edit the entire comment to provide a new informed opinion that's actually accurate?
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3:30PM on 10/29/2013

It baffles me that this man gets work

I guess the idea of modest box-office success makes it excusable to have piss poor writing.
I guess the idea of modest box-office success makes it excusable to have piss poor writing.
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3:41PM on 10/29/2013
it doesn't matter about the writing. it's about how much money the movies he writes make.
it doesn't matter about the writing. it's about how much money the movies he writes make.
3:19PM on 10/29/2013
Goyer is a parasite. All he did was leech off of the good will fans had for Nolan, but I'm not surprised. He has always been a leech. He used good writers like Proyas & Del Toro to get good will from the studios before, then gave us 4 god awful films in a row. Then he attached himself to Nolan with Batman Begins, and reverted back to his parasitic ways. Though I do find it funny that after Batman Begins, Nolan never brought him back as a co-writer for the other Batman films.
Goyer is a parasite. All he did was leech off of the good will fans had for Nolan, but I'm not surprised. He has always been a leech. He used good writers like Proyas & Del Toro to get good will from the studios before, then gave us 4 god awful films in a row. Then he attached himself to Nolan with Batman Begins, and reverted back to his parasitic ways. Though I do find it funny that after Batman Begins, Nolan never brought him back as a co-writer for the other Batman films.
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4:14PM on 10/29/2013
Maybe he should play the villian "Parasite" in the next superman film. :)
Maybe he should play the villian "Parasite" in the next superman film. :)
3:16PM on 10/29/2013

Is this supposed to make us happy?

Because it doesn't. I have to agree with luke319 on pretty much all points. Goyer is a decent writer when he has help; like with Blade 1 & 2 and the DK Trilogy. But give him too much creative control and you get Blade Trinity...I don't think I have say anything else.
Because it doesn't. I have to agree with luke319 on pretty much all points. Goyer is a decent writer when he has help; like with Blade 1 & 2 and the DK Trilogy. But give him too much creative control and you get Blade Trinity...I don't think I have say anything else.
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2:19PM on 10/29/2013

His scripting hasn't gone a long way in helping the DCU, Chris & Jonathan Nolan's has.

Goyer only helped write Batman Begins, he had no involvement in the actual screenplays for The Dark Knight or the Dark Knight Rises. Dark City was good because he co-wrote it with Alex Proyas who has legitimate talent (even if he has been squandering it as of late). Batman Begins was good because he co-wrote it with Nolan. However, when you look at his solo script work it is pretty sub-par (The Crow: City of Angels, Jumper) and everything he's directed has been absolutely atrocious (Have you
Goyer only helped write Batman Begins, he had no involvement in the actual screenplays for The Dark Knight or the Dark Knight Rises. Dark City was good because he co-wrote it with Alex Proyas who has legitimate talent (even if he has been squandering it as of late). Batman Begins was good because he co-wrote it with Nolan. However, when you look at his solo script work it is pretty sub-par (The Crow: City of Angels, Jumper) and everything he's directed has been absolutely atrocious (Have you actually seen The Invisible or The Unborn, because I have).

His only scripts that have been decent have been Blade I & II and Man of Steel, and even in those cases the screenplays certainly were not the real strong points of the movie. Blade I succeeded because of Norrington's stylish visuals and Snipe and Dorff's performances. Blade II had Del Toro to help elevate it, and Man of Steel had and Snyder's master of action scenes and breath taking visuals. Unless Goyer has a very strong director to take on his projects, or some very pretty distractions to cover for his stories, his screenplays tend to sink pretty hard. This news really does not fill me with any sort of enthusiasm whatsoever, and shows once again that Warner Bros. really just does not understand why some of their superhero films have succeeded while others have failed.
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2:15PM on 10/29/2013

Not really related...

...but has anyone ever seen David Goyer and Stanely Tucci in the same room at the same time? Just saying.
...but has anyone ever seen David Goyer and Stanely Tucci in the same room at the same time? Just saying.
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2:00PM on 10/29/2013
Good for Goyer, the guy gets a lot of shit some of it deservedly so, but he seems like genuine fan of the characters that he works with and seems to be excited to be involved with the DCU and Warner Bros.
Good for Goyer, the guy gets a lot of shit some of it deservedly so, but he seems like genuine fan of the characters that he works with and seems to be excited to be involved with the DCU and Warner Bros.
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