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Director David Goyer to Remake 'Count of Monte Cristo'

March 19, 2013 (7:19 am) GMT
The project to bring back the famous Edmond Dantes to life is dubbed the '19th century Dark Knight' due to Goyer's connection to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.
Director David Goyer to Remake 'Count of Monte Cristo'

David S. Goyer is tapped to modernize the famous Alexandre Dumas story, "", in a remake project developed by Constantin Films. The comic book writer will serve as a director with "Resident Evil" producer Jeremy Bolt producing the movie.

Goyer is no stranger to remaking fabled stories. He once penned the story of "" with Christopher Nolan. He's also credited for writing a screenplay for "", the new take on another DC Comics' superhero Superman co-produced by Nolan as well.

Constantin also has history of giving a modern spin on a literary classic. In 2011, the studio was involved in rebooting another of Dumas' popular story, "", with the help from director Paul W.S. Anderson. Though the movie was not really a favorite domestically but it performed quite well internationally.

"Count of Monte Cristo" is a revenge tale originally set in early 19th century France. It revolves around Edmond Dantes who's jailed for a crime he didn't do. After getting out of prison after so many years, he came back in Paris society determined to seek revenge on his enemies.

The latest big-screen treatment given to the story happened in 2002. "" helmer Kevin Reynolds directed the film with Richard Harris, and on the cast ensemble. The classic story also inspired ABC's drama series "" with a female taking the lead role.

In the upcoming movie, Michael Robert Johnson who's tasked to write Constantin's in-production film "" is signed on to pen the script. A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the "Monte Cristo" remake is dubbed the "19th century Dark Knight" due to Goyer's involvement in Nolan's Batman trilogy.

"During my career I've enjoyed re-invigorating and contextualizing classic characters that are relatable to contemporary audiences," the director says in a statement. "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."

Besides being busy with his big-screen projects, Goyer also shepherds a TV thriller "". The Starz historical fantasy will explore the untold story of Leonardo da Vinci's early life in Florence and will premiere April 12.

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