David S. Goyer, coming off the success of co-writing Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and the upcoming Man of Steel, has been signed to direct The Count of Monte Cristo, bringing Alexandre Dumas's classic revenge novel to film once more. The Hollywood Reporter reports that he's directing the film for Constantin Films, the makers of this adaptation, and produced by Impact Pictures' Jeremy Bolt, who's been producing the Resident Evil film franchise, and Michael Robert Johnston, who's written the script for this new film version of the novel.
The Count of Monte Cristo this time around, the Hollywood Reporter says, aims to do what Warner Bros. has done with Sherlock Holmes in revitalizing that franchise. Which is what helped Goyer get the job to direct The Count of Monte Cristo in the first place, his proven track record in helping to bring new life to franchises. One phrase that's been going around about this new version is, "19th century Dark Knight", noted in the initial Hollywood Reporter article.
Goyer is quoted as saying, "During my career I've enjoyed re-invigorating and contextualizing classic characters that are relatable to contemporary audiences," he goes on to say about the current Count of Monte Cristo project, "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," and for fans of the novel, to those who were fans of the 2002 adaptation starring Jim Caviezel, and to those who are fans of the ABC series Revenge, should give them hope for this new movie.