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It’s unclear whether there are more water molecules in the world or filmed adaptations of Alexandre Dumas novels. It’s probably water molecules, but that might change with another ten years of directors with “new ideas” plus the downfall of the environment. One thing’s certain: soon we'll be seeing yet another adaptation from yet another director who likes to grace well-established characters with his original vision - for better or worse.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo will receive a “graphic novel” update for contemporary audiences directed by David Goyer, whose last character retoolings include his script for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel reboot and his written/directorial fantasy fiction retelling of Leonardo Da Vinci’s life in Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons. Did we mention he also helped write Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy? Regardless of how one feels about any of those projects, the thing really sinking expectations here are Goyer’s past directorial efforts, including The Unborn, The Invisible, Zig Zag and Blade: Trinity - all extremely forgettable films.
This Monte Cristo has been scripted by Michael Robert Johnson, who was also responsible for Guy Ritchie’s modernized take on Sherlock Holmes, as well as Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming epic Pompeii. Unfortunately, Monte Cristo’s production company Constantin has also produced many other films with Anderson’s name attached it them, including his recent take on The Three Musketeers.
The Count of Monte Cristo is a 19th century tale of a falsely imprisoned man who gains his education while jailed. After later making his escape he sets out to get revenge on those who put him away. It last saw a big screen adaptation in Kevin Reynold’s 2002 feature which starred Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce.