David Goyer Says Ben Affleck Will Do Batman Proud; Signs 3-Year First-Look Deal With Warner Bros.
With David S. Goyer penning the popular Batman movies, the recent Man of Steel, the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman and possibly the Justice League film, it's learned that Warner Bros. wants to keep the prolific writer close to home.
Deadline has learned that David S. Goyer has signed a 3-year first-look-deal with Warner Bros., meaning WB has the first option to take on any of his new projects which are coming out of his Phantom Four Films production company.
It's already learned that one film is in development. Described as an untitled Hitchcockian thriller with a grounded sci-fi element, the first project from the new deal will have Doug Jung onboard as the writer with David Goyer a potential to direct.
More than likely the deal came about as a result of Goyer's said success with the DC Movies, but also the fact that Goyer seems to be going ahead with more of his own projects, such as the new Da Vinci's Demons series that debuted this year on Starz that has been a proven winner.
"I was perfectly happy not having a deal, and just financed the overhead myself,” Goyer told Deadline. “Warner Bros graciously offered me a deal and they’ve provided the lion’s share of my employment over the last decade, so what the hell?
It's noted that Goyer plans on bringing TV writers into the feature film fold. Goyer is actually doing something similar with the comic book genre as he recently brought Marvel Comics writers Jonathan Hickman and Matt Fraction on episodes of Da Vinci's Demons.
"Aside from me helping the studio break story on some of their properties and them supporting me as a director, we want to find other projects in an area I could call elevated genre, and this first project falls neatly into the category,” Goyer told Deadline. “I’ve found TV to be a more collaborative medium for writers than film, and there is a ton of terrific writers working in network TV and basic cable right now. Part of the intent of this deal is to tap that stable of writers and bring them into the feature world as well.”
David S. Goyer was also asked about Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader in Batman Vs. Superman in which he replied, "He’ll do the role proud."
The sequel to "Man of Steel" goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release also starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
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