'The Count of Monte Cristo' Gets Another Adaptation; David S. Goyer Directing

David S. Goyer

As if there aren't enough of them, Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo is getting another big screen adaptation courtesy of Constantin Films, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. That's what happens when a literary classic is in the public domain.

The script is written by Michael Robert Johnson, and David S. Goyer, a renowned screenwriter himself, is set to direct. Johnson wrote Paul W.S. Anderson's forthcoming disaster movie Pompeii and the 2009 Robert Downey Jr-starrer Sherlock Holmes.

So what's new in this adaptation? Apparently, it will take a "graphic novel" approach to Dumas' story, whatever that means. From the sound of things, the new Monte Cristo will be a period piece -- a "19th century Dark Knight," according to a source.

Regardless what approach the movie will take, the story is unlikely to deviate much from the source material which centers on a young man out to get revenge on those who've wronged him.

Goyer wrote on the script for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, which will be out in theaters on June 14, 2013. He is currently working on the TV series Da Vinci's Demons for Starz.

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