David Goyer has signed on to direct a big screen update of Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter. Jeremy Bolt, who previously tackled Dumas with 2011's The Three Musketeers, will produce.
First published in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo is arguably the world's definitive tale of revenge, following a young man named Edmond Dantès who, betrayed and imprisoned, spends years in prison before escaping with a treasure map and making his way to incredible wealth. From there, Dantès plans his return as "The Count of Monte Cristo" and his revenge on the three men responsible.
The story has been brought to the screen time and again over the years. A 2002 American version starred Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce and was directed by Kevin Reynolds.
Goyer, responsible for scripts like Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the upcoming Man of Steel, previously directed big screen entries like Blade: Trinity and The Unborn.