The Count of Monte Cristo Rides Again (as a 19th Century Dark Knight, No Less)

The Count of Monte Cristo NovelYou can’t keep a good count down. Or at least, Hollywood can’t — or they just don’t want to, because another version of Alexandre Dumas’ famous tale of wrong imprisonment, revenge, and love is back again, this time with “Batman” writer David Goyer attached to direct.

Goyer will helm the film for Constantin Films from a script by Michael Robert Johnson. And while you’re probably very familiar with the story (you are, right?), the intriguing thing is that the project is being described by one source to THR as a “19th century ‘Dark Knight'”, referring, of course, to the Caped Crusader, a character that Goyer had a hand in writing via the Nolan Batman films.

That’s, uh, a new one right there.

For those who don’t know what “The Count of Monte Cristo” is about, here’s an official description:

Set in early 19th century France, the tale centers on Edmond Dantes, a young man betrayed and falsely jailed. While on a prison island, Dantes meets a fellow inmate who not only educates the man but also points him in the direction of a fortune. When Dantes finally escapes after many years, he re-emerges in Paris society primed to take revenge against the men who took away his love and his freedom.

The article goes on to reference Constantin Films’ “The Three Musketeers”, their last adaptation of a Dumas novel by Paul W.S. Anderson. That movie was fun and silly, but God willing, Goyer’s version of “The Count of Monte Cristo” will be nothing like it.

The last time Hollywood adapted the story, it was 2002’s “The Count of Monte Cristo”, starring Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce and Dagmara Dominczyk as the object of their lust. Or if you’re looking for a newer adaptation, there’s ABC’s “Revenge” on TV.

David S. Goyer on the set of The Unborn (2008) Movie Image