IFH 610: Inside the Raw Reality of Being a Screenwriter with David S. Goyer

DAVID S. GOYER has earned a reputation for telling character-driven stories adapted from the otherworldly realms of superheroes, fantasy, and the supernatural. His breakout came in 1998 when he wrote the action hit BLADE with Wesley Snipes, based on the Marvel Comics vampire hunter. Since then, he’s solidified himself as a writer and producer who takes genre-focused stories to the next level.

Most recently, Goyer produced and served as showrunner for one of the most epic series of the year, FOUNDATION, which premiered on Apple TV+. Based on the iconic novels of Isaac Asimov, Goyer’s sensibility brought this world to life with his unique tone.

On the film side, Goyer produced the Sundance hit THE NIGHT HOUSE, starring Rebecca Hall, as well as the Scott Derrickson film ANTLERS. Both films will be released this fall on Searchlight. Goyer also produced THE TOMORROW WAR, with Chris Pratt for Skydance and Amazon.

Previously, Goyer scripted and collaborated with Christopher Nolan on the Superman feature film story MAN OF STEEL. Goyer also worked with Nolan on the hit DARK KNIGHT trilogy, beginning with the BATMAN BEGINS storyline. Goyer then teamed up with Nolan on the story of the billion dollar blockbuster THE DARK KNIGHT for which they received a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, followed by the story’s conclusion in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Additionally, Goyer co-wrote and produced BATMAN V. SUPERMAN, which broke the record for the biggest March opening weekend in box office history.

In 2002, Goyer made his debut as a feature film director with the drama ZIGZAG, for which he also wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed novel by Landon Napoléon. His other achievements include THE INVISIBLE with Justin Chatwin and Marcia Gay Harden, and the hit supernatural thriller THE UNBORN, based on his own original screenplay and starring Odette Annable and Gary Oldman. The same year he wrote BLADE II in 2002 which he also served as an executive producer on. In 2004, he directed, wrote and produced the last of the trilogy, BLADE: TRINITY.

In addition to screenwriting, Goyer made his video game debut with the story for the hit “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” and wrote the story for its hit follow-up, “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” as well as Black Ops: Cold War. Goyer also wrote and produced the groundbreaking VR series VADER IMMORTAL for Lucasfilm and Oculus.

On television, Goyer’s work includes the series LES DÉMONS DE DA VINCI, for which he served as creator, director and executive producer, focusing on the life of Leonardo da Vinci; CONSTANTINE, KRYPTON; and the cult classic FLASHFORWARD. Goyer also co-wrote the pilot and is executive producer of Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN, which is currently filming in London.

Dialogue: learning from the masters is a groundbreaking interview series that explores behind the scenes of the fascinating craft of screenwriting. In these in-depth 70-90 minute talks, more than two dozen of today’s most celebrated screenwriters share their working habits, methods and inspirations, trade secrets, business tips and eye-opening stories. of life in the trenches of the film industry. Each screenwriter discusses their filmography in detail and breaks down the mechanics of a favorite scene from their produced work.

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