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David Goyer to direct a comic book style reimagining of The Count of Monte Cristo

Mar. 19, 2013by: Alex Maidy

David Goyer's next project will be an adaptation he aims to make the "19th Century DARK KNIGHT". That is an audacious claim for the man behind the Christopher Nolan trilogy, BLADE, and the upcoming MAN OF STEEL. But, this time he will be taking his love of comic books and applying it to the classic novel THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO by Alexandre Dumas.

The Hollywood Reporter says the latest version of the revenge tale will come courtesy of Constantin Films who also updated Dumas' other seminal work, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, in a lackluster remake from director Paul W.S. Anderson. Goyer wants his take on THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO to follow more of the steampunk vision used by Guy Ritchie in his SHERLOCK HOLMES films.

During my career Ive enjoyed re-invigorating and contextualizing classic characters that are relatable to contemporary audiences. Michael has written an excellent script, and Im going to enjoy bringing our take of the rich and textured world of Monte Cristo to the big screen.

Michael refers to Michael Robert Johnson, who also wrote Constantin's upcoming disaster epic POMPEII. The most recent take on THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO was the Kevin Reynolds version starring Guy Pearce and Jim Caveziel, which was pretty good in it's own right. I find it hard to imagine how else Goyer can update the tale without deviating from the original novel, but I will be interested to find out. This will also mark Goyer's first time directing someone else's screenplay since THE INVISIBLE in 2007.

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2:54AM on 03/21/2013

Did playing Jesus kill poor Jimmy's career in film?

And it's funny how a trailer I remember like yesterday could look so old and tired. It's kind of weird actually. Like the format and style of it looks so dated and corny.
And it's funny how a trailer I remember like yesterday could look so old and tired. It's kind of weird actually. Like the format and style of it looks so dated and corny.
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11:13PM on 03/19/2013
In another word, it'd be The Punisher remake then?
In another word, it'd be The Punisher remake then?
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6:43PM on 03/19/2013
David Goyer can't direct a good movie to save his life. I don't look forward to seeing of my favorite stories getting bastardized.
David Goyer can't direct a good movie to save his life. I don't look forward to seeing of my favorite stories getting bastardized.
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6:07PM on 03/19/2013

Gonna suck

When this guy was interviewed about the batman films he said he was very lucky to be credited. I would guess he did very little, just some outlines. More importantly, every single move he's directed has been absolutely terrible. The last count movie was kick ass. Don't "dark knight" everything. This movie will suck
When this guy was interviewed about the batman films he said he was very lucky to be credited. I would guess he did very little, just some outlines. More importantly, every single move he's directed has been absolutely terrible. The last count movie was kick ass. Don't "dark knight" everything. This movie will suck
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5:42PM on 03/19/2013
This sounds like a terrible idea. The original one is a classic.
This sounds like a terrible idea. The original one is a classic.
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5:10PM on 03/19/2013
I really LOVED Jim Caviezel's version. I don't see the need to "reimagine" or "recycle" that movie...
I really LOVED Jim Caviezel's version. I don't see the need to "reimagine" or "recycle" that movie...
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