“The Count of Monte Cristo” has been made into at least twelve films (including one with Eugene O’Neill’s father in the titular role and most recently that 2002 version with Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce) and has been credited as inspiration for many a soap opera character and television series. Just two years ago, Warner Bros. snapped up a script that was a “futuristic take” on the story but we haven’t heard of any further development yet. With so many adaptations and incarnations, what is left of the 19th century Dumas epic for director David S. Goyer to explore? Well, the word is that he plans to make a “19th century Dark Knight.”
The upcoming “The Count of Monte Cristo” is based on a Michael Robert Johnson (co-writer on Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes”) script and will be directed by Goyer (“Blade: Trinity”) and produced by Jeremy Bolt (“Residential Evil” series). Stating that they’ll be taking a more “graphic novel approach” the plan is to take a page, as it were, out of the playbook that served the aforementioned Holmes and Paul W.S. Anderson‘s “The Three Musketeers” and contemporize it at least in tone (shocker, Constantin Film who were behind ‘Musketeers’ is also behind this). We’re not sure anyone was asking for Alexandre Dumas‘ book to be made grittier or more graphic-novel-y but here we are anyway.
“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 the big screen,” Goyer told THR.
Indeed, Goyer certainly loves playing with history — his rebooted take on the famed artist and innovator “Da Vinci’s Demons” premieres on Starz on April 12th.