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David Goyer

The disparate worlds of fantasy and reality rarely come together except with imaginative results in the work of filmmaker David S. Goyer. Long a devotee of the smartest, hippest and most obscure comic books, Goyer has earned a reputation for adapting the other-worldly realms of super-heroes and fantastical characters into inventive, action-packed hit films such as the Blade series, Crow: City of Angels, as well as Dark City (named Best Film of 1998 by Roger Ebert).

Goyer made his directorial debut with something completely different: the comic thriller ZigZag, a fresh, funny, and fiercely poignant account of a robbery in reverse where two unlikely heroes fight to return a large sum of stolen cash. The film featured stand-out performances from a cast including Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Natasha Lyonne and newcomer Sam Jones III. ZigZag was also adapted by Goyer from the acclaimed novel by Landon Napoleon.

Ever since he was a kid growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Goyer wanted to write comic books, which eventually lead to his bringing them to life for the big screen. Goyer sold his first action script at the age of 22 while still at USC, which became the Jean Claude Van Damme thriller Death Warrant. He went on to explore the worlds of horror (Puppetmasters), martial arts (Kickboxer 2) and also served as a producer on Mission to Mars and the television series Sleepwalker.

Goyer made his big breakout with Blade, based on the Marvel Comic about a legendary vampire hunter. Starring Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson, the film drew accolades for its unmatched, blazing action and exhilarating humor and became one of Hollywood's most successful superhero movies ever. Blade 2, also written by Goyer (who served as executive producer) and directed by Guillermo Del Toro, featured Snipes again as the vampire-hunter Blade. The film also starred Kris Kristofferson returning as Whistler, Luke Goss, Tcheky Karyo and Ron Perlman.

Amidst his traverse of the Blade universe, Goyer co-wrote the intensely anticipated Batman Begins with director Christopher Nolan, which explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

Goyer recently signed a one-year first-look writing, producing and directing deal with Warner Bros. His other projects include an adaptation of Jeffrey Long's Descent at DreamWorks, producing the ghost story Alone for New Line, and the Vertigo comic Y: The Last Man, also for New Line, which he is producing with Benderspink.

In addition to his several film projects, Goyer returns to television with a series for CBS, serving as Executive Producer with David Heyman (Harry Potter) and Bragi Schut on the tentatively titled Threshold. The producers recently announced a put pilot commitment for an hour-long contemporary sci-fi drama about the government's response to an alien threat. Paramount Network Television with produce. Goyer is attached to direct the pilot.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

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Selected Filmography

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