'Blade's' Goyer enlisted to pen new Dark Knight tale
A new “Superman” may not be flying yet, but “Batman” is taking wing.Only a week after director Brett Ratner exited “Superman” at Warner Bros., the studio is trying to rev up the Batmobile, this time with scribe David Goyer. Goyer put together the relatively low-cost and high-grossing “Blade” franchise for New Line, under then-topper Michael DeLuca. He also recently dusted off “Jason vs. Freddy” for the minimajor. Insiders say Goyer will write an entirely new version of the Caped Crusader based on a take by “Insomnia” helmer Christopher Nolan unrelated to non-starters like “Batman vs. Superman” and “Batman: Year One.” “Batman vs. Superman” nearly went into production with director Wolfgang Petersen and a script by Andrew Kevin Walker (“Seven”) until Petersen moved to the Greek epic “Troy” at the studio, starring Brad Pitt and Eric Bana. “Batman: Year One,” is a Gen-X version of the crimefighter that was being developed by Darren Aronofsky and creator Frank Miller; it stalled some months ago. Warner Bros. execs could not be reached for comment, and Goyer’s reps at the William Morris Agency declined to comment on the negotiations.
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