As a boy growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, David Goyer remembers getting hooked on the TV series Dark Shadows when he was in kindergarten. He would watch it with his babysitter after school and claims it inspired him to start writing. But by the time he was in high school, he'd decided to attend Michigan State University in order to become a homicide investigator. However, his teachers sensed David would be happier in a more creative field, and convinced him to enroll in the University of Southern California's film program.
He sold his first screenplay, the Jean Claude Van Damme thriller Death Warrant, just before graduating in 1988. Goyer went on to write several more Hollywood action pics, including The Crow: City of Angels (1996), Blade (1998) and Dark City (1998), for which he won a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Original Screenplay.
In 2002, Goyer made his directing debut with his screenplay, ZigZag (2002), based on the novel by Landon J. Napoleon, about an autistic teenager nicknamed ZigZag because of his ability to get out of trouble. Wesley Snipes, who starred in the Blade films, agreed to take on a role in the film, and his involvement helped Goyer get financing. Then, because Blade II (2002) was an even bigger hit than the original, Goyer wrote a third Blade screenplay. This time, he decided to direct the film himself, as well as produce. Again starring Snipes, Blade: Trinity (2004) was released in 2004.
Goyer has since written the screenplay for Batman Begins (2005) and has signed on as an executive producer for Ghost Rider (2006), starring Nicolas Cage.
When he gets time off, Goyer enjoys traveling to out-of-the-way places like Tibet, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Burma and Thailand.
After helping to bring Superman back to life on the big screen with Man of Steel, writer David S. Goyer is reportedly attached to a TV show entitled Krypton, set on Superman's home planet.
No story details have been confirmed, and it isn't known if the series is set up at a network at this time, but Bleeding Cool suggests that this series might be using the same formula as Fox and DC Comics' Gotham, which is set years before a young Bruce Wayne ever becomes Batman. It's possible that this Krypton show could include the "House of El," the villain Brainiac, an "end-of-the-world cult" and several dragons, but nothing has been confirmed at this time.Read More
When Constantine premieres on NBC next Friday, it will join a growing number of shows based on DC Comics, including The CW's Arrow and The Flash and Fox's Gotham, with others like CBS' Supergirl in development. Like the previously-mentioned shows, Constantine will also introduce several other characters from the DC Comics universe, according to series creator/executive producer/showrunner David S. Goyer.
John Constantine often tangled with Swamp Thing in the Hellblazer comic books throughout the years, but it will certainly be tricky to bring a TV version of this visually complex character to the small screen.Read More
Focus Features has acquired the North American distribution rights for The Forest, a supernatural thriller to be directed by Jason Zada from a script rewritten by Sarah Cornwell and based on an original idea by screenwriter David S. Goyer.
Set in the legendary Aokigahara Forest, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives, The Forest tells the story of a young American woman in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite everyone's warnings not to "stray from the path," Sara dares to enter the forest to discover the truth about her sister's fate, only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead who now prey on anyone who crosses their paths.Read More
Writer/Director David S. Goyer has joined James Cameron's upcoming sci-fi reboot Fantastic Voyage. He will be writing a new treatment for the film. The original adventure starred Stephen Boyd and Raquel Welch with Richard Fleischer directing.
The story centers on a team of scientists who are shrunken and board a miniature submarine that is designed to enter the human bloodstream. They go on a mission into the body of a scientist who is suffering from a blood clot. Set during the Cold War, the patient is a defector who goes into a coma after being shot in an assassination attempt.Read More
We reported in December that Oscar-winning Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio was brought on to rewrite the script, but it isn't known how much the story will change between his draft and David S. Goyer's script.
Zack Snyder is directing this highly-anticipated sequel, which starts production this spring. The cast also includes Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White).Read More
Lionsgate has acquired the rights to Patrick Lee's 2009 novel The Breach, which has David S. Goyer attached to direct. Justin Rhodes is writing the screenplay adaptation, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing.
Here's the book's official description below."Travis Chase, a man putting his life back together after fifteen years in prison, takes a solo hike into the Alaskan Rockies. He's just looking for a quiet place to think about his future, but what he finds is trouble: a 747, downed in remote wilderness, the wreck impossibly undiscovered by authorities. Those aboard are dead, though not because of the crash. They've been shot.Read More