David S. Goyer has inked a deal to direct an upcoming adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas revenge story The Count of Monte Cristo.

The film is set in the early 19th century and centers on Edmond Dantes, a young man who is falsely imprisoned. During his time in prison, he meets a man that educates him and gives him the coordinates for a hidden fortune. After he escapes his imprisonment, he heads back to Paris where he plots to exact his revenge on the men that put him in prison.

David S. Goyer will be directing from a script provided by Michael Robert Johnson. Resident Evil's Jeremy Bolt will be producing.

Here is what the director had to say about the decision.

"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 to the big screen."

No production schedule has been released.