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David S. Goyer

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Also Known As: David Goyer,David Samuel Goyer Died:
Born: December 22, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA Profession: Writer ...


Screenwriter and director David S. Goyer mined the rich world of comic books for his feature and television work, which resulted in such global blockbusters as "Blade" (1998), "Batman Begins" (2005) and "The Dark Knight" (2008). A published screenwriter while still in college, he worked his way out of the low-budget field to pen such cult favorites as "Dark City" (1998) and the action-horror hybrid "Blade," which cemented him as the go-to guy for dark comic book-driven fare. "Batman Begins" revived the venerable superhero for movie audiences, and its follow-up, "The Dark Knight," surpassed it in box office and critical acclaim. Goyer's skill at merging hyperbolic action with thoughtful stories made him one of the most sought-after writers in Hollywood.

David Samuel Goyer was born Dec. 22, 1965 in Ann Arbor, MI. He discovered his niche early; as a boy, he was a devotee of the supernatural soap opera "Dark Shadows" (ABC, 1966-1971), and would later credit it as his inspiration for becoming a writer. His school days were marked with restlessness broken by periods of intense productivity; he wisely balanced both by bargaining with teachers to waive the usual load of class work if he turned out an original work every week. While in high school, he decided to attend Michigan State University (MSU) to pursue a career as a homicide investigator. His teachers, however, intervened and sent him packing to Southern California, where he studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California (USC). Though he struggled with the medium at first, his tutelage under Oscar-nominated writer Nelson Gidding built his confidence, and by the time he was ready to graduate in 1988, he had sold his first script, "Death Warrant," which became a vehicle for Jean-Claude Van Damme in 1990.

Goyer toiled in the B-movie basement for most of the early 1990s, churning out scripts for Full Moon Pictures like "Demonic Toys" (1992) and "Arcade" (1993). His adaptation of Robert Heinlein's science fiction classic, "The Puppet Masters" (1994), gained some solid notices, and by 1996, he was on to genre fare for the studios, beginning in 1996 with "The Crow: City of Angels" (1996). It was a dismal flop, but his fantasy noir "Dark City" (1998) won critical approval and a small but loyal cult following. His big break came that same year with "Blade" (1998), based on the popular Marvel Comics series about a reformed vampire who stalks his fellows by night. A colossal box office hit for everyone involved - especially star Wesley Snipes - it boosted Goyer onto the A-list of screenwriters. During this period, Goyer also dabbled briefly in television, but neither "Sleepwalkers" (NBC, 1997-98), which featured a pre-stardom Naomi Watts, or "Freakylinks" (Fox, 2000-01) lasted beyond a season.

Goyer parlayed his newfound success into a directorial debut with the low-budget "ZigZag" (2002), an indie drama about an autistic youth who steals from his boss to aid his debt-ridden father. The presence of "Blade" star Snipes helped gain the project some notice, but Goyer would not return to the director's chair until "Blade III: Trinity" in 2004. Before that could happen, he would pen the script for and executive produce the successful sequel, "Blade II," directed by Mexican wunderkind Guillermo Del Toro. "Trinity," however, was something of a disappointment with fans of the series, due to budgetary restrictions, and it suitably nixed Goyer's plans to pit his vampire slayer against a horde of werewolves in subsequent films.

In 2005, Goyer was back on TV - again, briefly - with the sci-fi series "Threshold" (CBS, 2005), but it was immediately overshadowed by his script for "Batman Begins" (2005). The Christopher Nolan film completely revamped the Dark Knight's onscreen persona from the camp excesses of the 1960s television series and the previous film franchise starring a litany of actors as the Caped Crusader, resulting in a worldwide hit and revitalization of all things Batman. Goyer returned to the "Blade" franchise for a series adaptation (Spike TV, 2006), which found few viewers. His 2007 directorial effort, "Invisible," a supernatural thriller adapted from the 2002 Swedish film "Den Osynlige," also suffered a sudden expiration date, and 2007's "Ghost Rider," a Marvel Comics adaptation that Goyer produced, garnered more chuckles than cheers. But again, Batman would come to dominate Goyer's career.

"The Dark Knight" (2008) was a superhero adventure that found favor even with those who did not care for the genre. A moody thriller that put Batman's chief adversary The Joker (an Oscar-winning turn by Heath Ledger)front and center, it was a box office phenomenon and something of a touchstone for the cult of personality that sprung up in the wake of Ledger's sudden death in 2008. The film was such a hit that it completely outshined Goyer's second film that year, "Jumper" (2008), with Hayden Christensen as a young man with the ability to teleport himself around the world at will.

In 2009, Goyer was back in theaters and on television. "The Unborn" (2009) was a hyperactive ghost story that was almost immediately dismissed by audiences, while "FlashFoward" (ABC, 2009-2010) was a science fiction series about a universal blackout that makes a handful of people see into the future. Though aggressively promoted, the series struggled during its brief tenure on the network, forcing Goyer to become showrunner in late 2009. He abandoned that post in early 2010 to focus on his feature career. Among his projects slated for the next few years were the latest installments of the Batman and X-Men franchises, as well as penning the much anticipated sequel, "Superman: Man of Steel" (2012).

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