S. GOYER: A FEATURE PRESENTATION
Producer, Director. An interview with David Goyer by Jonathan
Goyer, the creative force you all know from JSA and the BLADE
film was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan and went to film
school at USC. David is a screenwriter, a comic writer, a producer
and even a director. He has full-sleeve tattoos on both arms,
from wrist to shoulders. His favorite of those being a version
of Shiva the Dancer on his left bicep. David broke into the film
business with a script called "Dusted"
became the not-so-good Van Damme film "Death Warrant"."
How did you get into writing comic books and screenwriting?
Goyer: I got involved in comicbook writing through James Robinson,
a friend of mine. I then returned the favor and helped him get
into screenwriting. I was giving James a lot of suggestions for
STARMAN, so many that he invited me to co-plot it with
him. This then led to JSA, which I inherited when James
decided to leave.
what will we be seeing in "Blade 2"?
can't reveal very much about "Blade 2", but we should be going
into production this summer. I will also be Executive Producing
the film. As for the first "Blade" movie, I was on the set constantly
and spent a fair amount of time in the editing room with Steve
Norrington (the director), so I'd say I was very in touch with
it feel, in part for being responsible for one of the only successful
comic movies that actually turned out good?
far as "Blade" being one of the only good comic book movies, I'm
damn proud of that and I'd like to think part of the reason was
my involvement (beyond just writing the script). I know the comicbook
universe quite well and I was hell-bent on making a good movie.
back JSA, you did a great first issue, but you killed off all
these cool characters, why David? WHY?
for JSA. Well, the only major character we really killed
off was Wesley. But the guy was very old and we felt we gave him
an appropriately heroic and poignant send-off. Not like the atrocious
ending that Mid-Nite and the others saw in ZERO HOUR. We
also wanted to signal a changing of the guards. As for Kid Eternity,
well, he was already dead. His "death" might not be all that it
appears to be.
that mean there are already plans for his return?
have plans for Kid Eternity. More than that, I can't say.
many of your other 'comic stories up for production' screenplays
not involved in that many other comicbook movies. "Ghost Rider"
is dead in the water, part of Savoy's implosion. And "Doctor Strange"
I probably won't have much further involvement on. I'm trying
to wean myself off comic movies for a while and try something
what's the method in your involvement, are you usually brought
on for a project or do you go to them when you have a script or
an idea? Who specifically do you contact? Aside from comic movies,
will you be sticking to film and with any particular genre or
ideas in mind?
|"I tend to write
dark material, but my newest project is strictly reality-based"
far as my involvement in script development goes, it happens both
ways. Sometimes I approach a studio with an idea or property to
adapt, sometimes they approach me. I was asked to work on "Dr.
Strange". "Blade" was something I initially pursued. From time
to time, I will also option material myself and then try to set
it up at a given studio. I will definitely be sticking to film
and television. I tend to write dark material, but my newest project
is strictly reality-based.
your dream project? If you could work with any companies, characters,
writers, artists, no restrictions, no rules, complete creative
freedom, crossover as many characters from as many different companies
as you wanted without any complaints, put together whatever creative
teams you wanted, and no one would stop you, what would you do?
would love to do "Watchmen". At one point, there was a possibility
that might happen, with Alex Proyas directing at 20th Century
Fox. But that faded, alas.
with Terry Gilliam's interest, might there still be a chance?
Also, that'd be quite a job since a lot of the social commentary
in Sam Hamm's 80's script would have to be updated. Would you
see this as a film or a series?
would have been a movie. As of now, the project is dead, dead,
dead. But you never know. Also, we would have started from scratch,
not using the Sam Hamm script at all.
characters? Heroes? Villains? Genetically engineered man-beast
with phony French accent?
my favorite heroes and villains, geesh! As a kid, my favorite
character was the Hulk, but I've since grown out of that somewhat.
I like Chuck Dixon's work a lot and am currently enjoying BIRDS
OF PREY. I also love Morrison's work, particularly his early
run on ANIMAL MAN (though I'm also in awe of what he churns
out month after month in JLA).
most influential comicbook writer would have to be Alan Moore.
As for "legit" writers, I love Gene Wolfe and Walker Percy. Also,
old school artist? Writer?
favorite old school creators would have to be Kirby, plus the
early Gulacy MASTER OF KUNG FU's!
under appreciated creator currently working?
Millar and Chuck Dixon.
|"I called Judd Nelson
an asshole on live radio"
I called into a radio show and talked to Judd Nelson and Emelio
Estevez after seeing "The Breakfast Club". They made fun of me
and I called Judd Nelson an asshole on live radio. As far as comics
go, haven't really had a bad fanboy experience.
body of work?
probably most proud of my work on the movie "Dark City". As for
comics, I'm quite proud of the Obsidian story arc that is just
finishing up in JSA. Also, ALL-STAR COMICS #1.
to those trying to make it in the Biz today?
have no specific advice to newcomers in the biz other than be
diligent. It can take a long, long time. Don't give up hope.
has been your favourite book to work on?
is definitely my favorite book to work on.
titles everyone SHOULD be reading?
BULLETS, BIRDS OF PREY, INVISIBLES, and PLANETARY.
character(s), title(s) to hopefully some day work on?
far as a favorite book to one day work on, I wouldn't mind taking
a stab at the HULK one day.
do. Hopefully Jenkins does good on him. Speaking of the Hulk and
Chuck Dixon, and just for the sake of me asking, any interest
in doing a Marvel Knights book?
am definitely looking forward to Jenkins work on the HULK.
I think he did an excellent job on the INHUMANS. As far
as working on a Marvel Knights book, I would have to wait until
my run on JSA finishes. I simply don't have time to do
two books. I suppose I would consider it, though. I like the quality
those guys put into their books.
for upcoming projects, simply JSA (in comics). I co-produced
"Mission To Mars" (comes out in March) and am currently in pre-production
on a pilot for FOX TV, which I created with the Blair Witch guys.
After that, I'll be making my debut as a director.
you tell us more?
can't talk more about the TV pilot or my potential directing debut,
then "Blade", "Death Warrant", "Dark City", "The Puppet Masters",
what other movies do you have/will have to your credit?
also created and executive-produced the short-lived NBC series
"Sleepwalkers". A few other odds and ends here and there, but
nothing else worthy of mention.
choice; what is your drink of choice? Restaurant of choice? Movies?
Books? Music? Artists? Etc?
drink of choice is Negro Modelo, with a Stoli and soda on the
rocks for hard liquor. Please don't make me list movies, books,
etc. There are too many!
now... Plug time! This is where you plug as many things as you
want, comics, websites, movies, your homemade industrial strength
stain remover, novels, anything old, new, current and upcoming,
little baggies of 'oregano', where to buy your books, scripts,
and whatever else. Anything that could somehow lead towards a
gargantuan amount of cash in your pocket, and then we, the reader,
go out and spend like mad obsessive little zombies wanting to
do nothing but buy. Buy. BUY!
only thing I really want to plug is JSA, JSA, JSA.
and I would like to thank David for participating in this interview.
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