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.