David S. Goyer

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David S. Goyer
David Goyer.jpg
Goyer at the San Diego Comic-Con, 2013
Born David Samuel Goyer
(1965-12-22) December 22, 1965 (age 50)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, novelist, comic book writer
Nationality American
Genre Screenwriter; comic books
Spouse Marina Black

David Samuel Goyer (born December 22, 1965) is an American screenwriter, film director, novelist, producer, and comic book writer.

His screenwriting works includes the Blade trilogy, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, Dark City and Man of Steel, and he directed four feature films: Zig Zag, Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, and The Unborn.

Goyer was also co-writer of the video games Call of Duty: Black Ops and its sequel Call of Duty: Black Ops II. He won a Saturn Award for Best Writing for Batman Begins and received another nomination for Dark City, and has been nominated for four Hugo Awards.

Early life[edit]

Goyer and his brother Jeff were born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and were raised by their mother. He is Jewish on his mother's side, and attended Hebrew school. He has stated that in regular school, "a lot kids beat me up, saying that I killed Christ. I was very consciously different... I grew up with something of a chip on my shoulder."[1][2][3] Goyer is an alumnus of Huron High School and the University of Southern California, graduating from the School of Cinema-Television in 1988.[4]

Goyer was a student of screenwriter Nelson Gidding at USC and frequently returned to Gidding's class as a guest speaker. He graduated in 1988 and sold his first screenplay for Death Warrant in 1989, which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. With his first paycheck, he bought a new Isuzu Trooper, which was stolen the very first night he drove it home.[5]

Career[edit]

A professed comic book fanatic,[6] Goyer has written or co-written several screenplays based on comic book characters and series, including Batman, Superman, Ghost Rider, and Blade.

Goyer wrote a title based around the Justice Society of America for DC Comics titled JSA, which debuted in August 1999. For the first five issues, he collaborated with James Robinson and, until his departure following issue 51, with Geoff Johns, who would take over as solo writer.

Alongside Brannon Braga, Goyer co-created FlashForward, a science fiction TV series that premiered on ABC in Fall 2009. The show was based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer. He stepped in as show runner in October 2009 after the show struggled out of the gate. On Feb. 5, 2010, Goyer announced he would be stepping down as FlashForward showrunner to focus on feature films and directing.

In 2011, Goyer wrote a short story titled "The Incident" in which Superman renounces his United States citizenship.[7]

Goyer worked with Legendary Pictures on three of their upcoming projects. He co-wrote the scripts for The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Man of Steel (2013). In addition, he did a one-step 4-week rewrite for Legendary Pictures' Godzilla reboot.

In 2011, Goyer also published his first novel, Heaven's Shadow, the first in a trilogy co-written by Michael Cassutt for Ace/Penguin. The novel received generally positive reviews. Goyer subsequently sold the film rights to Warner Brothers and is currently adapting the first novel for the big screen.[8]

In late October 2011, cable channel Starz and BBC Worldwide greenlit his TV project, Da Vinci’s Demons, which followed the life of a 25-year-old Leonardo da Vinci. "This will be a show about secret histories, genius, madness and all things profane," according to Goyer.[9] The show ran for three seasons, and received generally favorable reviews, including an 81% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.[10]

In June 2013, he was announced to work on both Justice League and a sequel to Man of Steel.[11]

In September 2013, Goyer delivered a screenwriting lecture as part of the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series.[12]

Goyer-produced the horror film The Forest, directed by Jason Zada.[13] Focus Features has the North American distribution rights to the film,[14][15] which was Zada's feature film directorial debut.[13]

In December 2013, it was announced that Goyer would work with Joseph Gordon-Levitt on a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's comic book, The Sandman with a story treatment by Goyer and script by Jack Thorne.[16][17]

By 2014, having already earned a reputation as a veteran of the superhero genre, Goyer shifted his focus to the independent producing arena, hiring producer Kevin Turen to run his company.[18] Explaining his thinking, Goyer said:

“Everybody talks about how it seems like studios increasingly are relying on these big tentpoles and some micro-budget horror films, and that’s the majority of the slate,” Goyer said. “I’ve been a benefactor of that movement, but there are a ton of films out there I’ve really admired over the last few years that studios aren’t making, and I wanted to see if I could help get more of them made.” [18]

In 2015, soon after embracing independent producing, Goyer won a competitive situation to produce the feature version of Miles.[19] Furthermore, he executive-produced Nate Parker's feature Birth of a Nation, which recently sold for a record $17.5 Million at Sundance, before sweeping the festival's Film Festival awards.[20][21] In addition to producing, Goyer continues to write. In 2014, he was tapped to write and produce the feature Fantastic Voyage, based on the 1966 original, for James Cameron.[22] Breaking the news, the Hollywood Reporter announced:

"The project has been quiet since 2011 but Goyer's involvement kick-starts and will re-engineer what the studio and producers hope to be an event-sized tentpole. It is also now placing the project on the fast track"[22]

In January 2016, acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro signed on to direct the feature.[23]

Goyer co-wrote Warner Bros.' blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

Controversy[edit]

In a May 2014 interview for the podcast Scriptnotes by Craig Mazin, Goyer made the following statement regarding the creation of She-Hulk:

"I have a theory about She-Hulk. Which was created by a man, right? And at the time in particular I think 95% of comic book readers were men and certainly almost all of the comic book writers were men. So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It’s like, most of the people reading comic books were these people like me who were just these little kids getting the shit kicked out of them every day… And so then they created She-Hulk, right? Who was still smart… I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could fuck if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying? … She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk then let’s create a giant green porn star that only the Hulk could fuck."[24]

Stan Lee, one of the creators of She-Hulk initially responded against Goyer's accusations stating "Never for an instant did I want her as a love interest for Hulk, only a nut would even think of that."[25] Lee later added: "I respect his ability, he's very talented. I just happened to say, and I wasn't thinking of him[...]Unfortunately, that got printed all over the internet[...]I didn't mean David Goyer was a nut"[26][27]

In an October 2015 interview with The Daily Beast, Goyer clarified his comments from that night:

"It was part of a very off-the-cuff evening, and if people listen to the whole stream there was no one on that panel who was being remotely serious the entire night. My comment was one of a bunch of off-the cuff-comments. What I was trying to say, and I realize people took offense to it, was that when I was a kid people were saying this was a sort of a model character but there were nuances that were lost to me when I was a 13-year-old. We were saying it in a joking way, but that’s what everyone was saying. I think that as a kid, as a prepubescent boy, I said even in my quote that something like 90 percent of the creators were male, as were the readers. So it’s a very biased view of the world."[28]

In the same interview, Goyer went on to say:

"I think the world would be a better place if more filmmakers were either female or came from more diverse backgrounds, because there are too many white male directors. I was on the board of the Writer’s Guild and that was a big issue for us, sort of the chicken-and-the-egg thing: How do we add more diverse voices, especially when the audience is so diverse?"[28]

Works[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Writer
1990 Death Warrant No No Yes
1991 Kickboxer 2: The Road Back No associate Yes
1994 The Puppet Masters No No Yes
1996 The Crow: City of Angels No No Yes
1998 Dark City No No Yes
Blade No No Yes
2000 Mission to Mars No co-producer No
2002 Zig Zag Yes No Yes
Blade II No executive Yes
2004 Blade: Trinity Yes Yes Yes
2005 Batman Begins No No Yes
2007 The Invisible Yes No No
Ghost Rider No executive No
2008 Jumper No No Yes
The Dark Knight No No story
2009 The Unborn Yes No Yes
2012 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance No executive Yes
The Dark Knight Rises No No story
2013 Man of Steel No No Yes
2016 The Forest No Yes No
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice No executive Yes
The Birth of a Nation No Yes No

Television[edit]

Year TV Series Director Producer Writer Note
1997 Sleepwalkers No Yes Yes Writer of the Pilot episode
1998 Nick Fury: Agent of Shield No No Yes Television film; Written by Goyer
2000 FreakyLinks No No Yes Writer of the Pilot episode
2005 Threshold No Yes Yes Writer of Episode 2
2006 Blade: The Series No Yes Yes Writer of the Pilot episode and Episode 13
2009-2010 FlashForward No Yes Yes Co-writer of the Pilot episode and writer of Episodes 2; 10 and 17
2012-2015 Da Vinci's Demons Yes Yes Yes Creator; Writer of the Pilot Episode and Episodes: 2; 4; 8; 9 and 14
2014-2015 Constantine No No Yes Creator; Co-writer of the Pilot Episode and Episode 3
TBA Krypton No Yes Yes Creator; Co-writer of the Pilot Episode

Video games[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Heaven's Shadow (2011)
  • Heaven's War (2012)
  • Heaven's Fall (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Unborn Set Visit: Writer-Director David Goyer". BloodyDisgusting. 
  2. ^ "Man of Action - Arts". Jewish Journal. 
  3. ^ "'Da Vinci' goes rogue in new STARZ historical fantasy - The Ticket". Jewish Journal. 
  4. ^ Notable Alumni, USC School of Cinematic Arts.
  5. ^ http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/David-Goyer/biography/
  6. ^ Allstetter, Rob (August 1997). "Special Report: Blood on the Big Screen". Wizard (72). pp. 122–3. 
  7. ^ Hudson, Laura. "Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship in 'Action Comics' #900 Read More: Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship in 'Action Comics' #900". comicsalliance.com. Comics Alliance. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "David Goyer To Adapt His Debut Novel 'Heaven's Shadow' For Film". Screen Rant. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 25, 2011). "Starz Orders David Goyer's 'Da Vinci's Demons' To Series". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  10. ^ "Da Vinci's Demons". www.rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  11. ^ [http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/man-of-steel-sequel-underway-with-zack-snyder-and-david-s-goyer/ ‘Man Of Steel’ Sequel Underway With Zack Snyder And David S. Goyer]
  12. ^ "Goyer Delivers her BAFTA Screenwriters' Lecture". BAFTA. September 28, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (November 5, 2013). "Lava Bear Sets Jason Zada To Helm David Goyer-Hatched 'The Forest': Video". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (May 22, 2014). "Focus Picks Up David Goyer Supernatural Thriller 'The Forest'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  15. ^ McNary, Dave (May 23, 2014). "David Goyer's 'The Forest' Gets North American Distribution". Variety. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ Greenwood, Carl. "Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dark Knight writer to produce movie based on Neil Gaiman's The Sandman". Mirror. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike. "Jack Thorne To Script 'Sandman' For Joseph Gordon-Levitt". Deadline. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  18. ^ a b Jr, Mike Fleming. "David S. Goyer Taps Kevin Turen President As Superhero Vet Takes Indie Turn". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  19. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming. "David Goyer Tapped To Produce Feature Version Of Oliver Daly Short 'Miles'". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  20. ^ Yamato, Jen. "Armie Hammer Joins Nate Parker's Nat Turner Biopic 'The Birth Of A Nation'". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  21. ^ Hipes, Dominic Patten,Patrick. "'Birth Of A Nation' Sweeps Sundance Grand Jury & Audience Awards". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  22. ^ a b "David Goyer Joins James Cameron for 'Fantastic Voyage' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  23. ^ McNary, Dave. "Guillermo del Toro in Talks for 'Fantastic Voyage' Remake". Variety. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  24. ^ "Man of Steel Sequel Writer David Goyer Calls Marvel's She-Hulk "A Giant Green Porn Star," Insults Geeks". themarysue.com. 
  25. ^ Michael Cavna (21 May 2014). "SHE-HULK co-creator Stan Lee weighs in on David Goyer debate: 'Only a nut would even think of that'". Washington Post. 
  26. ^ Sotoodeh, Sarah. "Stan Lee Publicly Apologizes to David Goyer Over the She-Hulk Scandal! - PopStop TV". PopStop TV. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  27. ^ "Stan Lee Apologizes For Calling Batman Vs. Superman's David Goyer A Nut". Comicbook.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  28. ^ a b Yamato, Jen (2015-10-27). "DC Movie Universe Creator: 'There Are Too Many White Male Directors'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 

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