David S Goyer to direct The Count of Monte Cristo remake
Story by Jack Foley
DAVID S Goyer has signed up to direct a remake of The Count of Monte Cristo.
This latest adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas revenge tale will reportedly take the form of a reboot akin to what Warner Bros. achieved on the Sherlock Holmes movies as well as its DC heroes. The Hollywood Reporter is citing a buzz phrase for the project as the “19th century Dark Knight”.
Jeremy Bolt, the producer behind the successful Resident Evil franchise, is also working on the project.
Michael Robert Johnson, who is also penning the script to Pompeii, has adapted the novel, which is set in early 19th Century France and followsa young man named Edmond Dantes who is betrayed and falsely jailed.
While on a prison island, he meets a fellow inmate who not only educates the man but also points him in the direction of a fortune so that when Dantes finally escapes, he is able to re-emerge in Paris society primed to take revenge against the men who took away his love and his freedom.
Goyer, who was involved in co-writing Christopher Nolan’s Batman movie trilogy and has just completed work on the first season of new TV series Da Vinci’s Demons, told The Hollywood Reporter: “During my career I’ve enjoyed re-invigorating and contextualizing classic characters that are relatable to contemporary audiences.
“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.”
The most recent adaptation of the Dumas tale was a 2002 version directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce.