Geez, guess it has been a few years since the release of that Jim Caviezel/Guy Pearce starring “Count of Monte Cristo”…but it does feel like yesterday I was sitting contently in the media screening watching that thing. Time flies when your world keeps turning. Spinning. What have you.
David S.Goyer (“Blade Trinity”, “Batman Begins”) will direct this latest take on Dumas’ classic. Jeremy Bolt, who previously worked with Dumas on 2011’s “Three Musketeers 3D”, is producing.
Michael Robert Johnson has penned the remake, which is designed to play out somehow like a “19th century Dark Knight” according the trade.
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.
“During my career I’ve enjoyed re-invigorating and contextualizing classic characters that are relatable to contemporary audiences,” Goyer tells THR. “Michael has written an excellent script, and I’m going to enjoy bringing our take of the rich and textured world of Monte Cristo to the big screen.”