Do you know who David Goyer is? It’s ok if you don’t. He’s one of those heavy hitters in Hollywood whose touch is everywhere but whose name isn’t the most publicized unless you really keep up with the industry. Let’s try this again: have you heard of Batman Begins, Blade, The Dark Knight, Ghost Rider, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, along with Godzilla? David Goyer is behind all of these projects. Let’s sum it up with: he’s a busy man.
Admittedly, his involvement in some of these projects is a little confusing because that’s how the world of writing credits usually ends up in film. Where it concerns Nolan’s Batman trilogy it’s a little tricky to work out. He co-wrote the screenplay for Batman Begins with Chris Nolan but on The Dark Knight and its forthcoming sequel he is responsible only for story while the Nolan brothers took the screenplay. Still, this isn’t to discredit his role in the trilogy. Goyer is largely responsible for the current vision of Batman given to us by Nolan and its dark, modern take on the character and Gotham City.
He’s not just a story guy, though. He wrote the screenplays for all three Blade films and even directed Blade: Trinity (for better or worse). Add to this 2008’s Jumper and next year’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (again credited only for story; he was a producer on the first film) along with co-creating the television show FlashForward (no one is only success) and earning writing credits on Call of Duty: Black Ops and Goyer pretty much earns his pay. Why all the talk about David Goyer? For one, just to make sure people know his name because he deserves credit for the fantastic work he’s done. Beyond that it’s to help establish his name, his brand even, as something you can trust. For example, I started watching Person of Interest because it had Jonathan Nolan’s name attached. I trust that. David Goyer is the same. His work with Blade, Batman, Superman and the general fact that Chris Nolan puts trust in him tells me this guy is worth something.
Point in fact, Goyer is the screenwriter for Man of Steel. He helped come up with the story with Nolan, but this time he’s also tackling the screenplay. Why am I excited for this film? Because it’s filled with names I trust: Chris Nolan, David Goyer, Zach Snyder, Henry Cavill – it’s almost an overload of creativity! It’s hard to imagine this film not being totally awesome, and while I understand that’s debatable for some of these names I think on the whole, this is a power team.
He also recently signed a deal with Starz network, quickly rising to complete with HBO and Showtime, for a new television program titled Da Vinci’s Demons, a historical fiction on the Renaissance man’s youth. Not much is known beyond that, but the series is co-financed by BBC Worldwide, and the BBC is usually a solid force when it comes to original programming.
Finally, Goyer wrote the draft for Legendary Pictures’ (the producers for the Nolan Batman trilogy and Man of Steel) upcoming Godzilla reboot. I’m a huge fan of Godzilla, so to hear that Goyer is involved really gets me excited. The project has since moved to another screenwriter, so Goyer may be relegated again to “Story By,” but nonetheless his ideas are in use.
Screenwriters are often overlooked in Hollywood, both in film and television. People recognize show runners (it’s hard not to after seeing main titles a few times) and the obvious directors and actors and even some producers, but few screenwriters are known offhand. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers, Cowboys & Aliens, and Star Trek) along with Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot (Pirates of the Caribbean, upcoming Long Ranger) are perhaps some exceptions here. I hope David Goyer becomes one of those names. He’s been working for a while now but has only in the past few years truly come to creative fruition. Already he’s brought us some of the most awesome films in recently years, and I for one very much look forward to what he has planned into the future. Obviously, we’ll keep you updated with all the latest news!