David Goyer helming new Count of Monte Cristo adaptation


Eventually I’ll get to reading Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo. Eventually. In fact, I’m looking at my good, cheap 880-page Wordsworth Classics copy of it right now and I’m thinking, “Yup, I’d love to read this… definitely eventually.”

By the time I get to it, the new adaptation of the book directed by David Goyer will probably be out. (Goyer was co-writer on Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, sole writer on Zack Snyder’s forthcoming Man of Steel, and poor soul responsible for Blade III.) The screenplay for the new Monte Cristo is by Michael Robert Johnson (Sherlock Homes, Pompeii) and is reportedly approached like a graphic novel. In addition, Heat Vision/THR says that the film will aim to be a “19th century Dark Knight.” The last major Monte Cristo film adaptation was the 2002 film starring Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce.

For those unfamiliar with the story of The Count of Monte Cristo, it involves the false imprisonment of Edmond Dantes. Driven by years of determination (and digging), he escapes and seeks revenge on the people who stripped him of his freedom and former life. At some point during his quest, Dantes also invents a sandwich.

How do you feel about a new version of this story?

[Via Heat Vision/The Hollywood Reporter]

Hubert Vigilla
Brooklyn-based fiction writer, film critic, and long-time editor and contributor for Flixist. A booster of all things passionate and idiosyncratic.