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David S. Goyer

David S. Goyer

The disparate worlds of fantasy and reality rarely come together but they do with diverse and imaginative results in the work of writer and director 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 Blade, Dark City (named Best Film of 1998 by Roger Ebert), Crow: City of Angels, the upcoming Blade II and Ghost Rider.

Ever since he was a kid growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Goyer wanted to write comic books which eventually lead to 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, Demonic Toys), martial arts (Kickboxer 2) and also served as a producer on Mission to Mars and the television series Sleepwalker and Freaky Links.

But 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. This March comes Blade 2: Bloodhunt, also written by Goyer (who further serves as executive producer) and directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Snipes returns as the vampire-hunter Blade but now, as humanity and vampires alike are threatened by a virulent virus that turns them into mutants, he must form an unlikely alliance with a group of vampires known as the Bloodpack. The film also stars Kris Kristofferson returning as Whistler, Luke Goss, Tcheky Karyo and Ron Perlman.

Currently, Goyer is developing several projects through his production company, Phantom Four, which he'll write, direct and produce. Partnered with Pascale Faubert, Phantom Four plans to produce two films per year with varying budgets and independently fund the development, production and packaging of its projects. The company also has a two-picture deal with New Line Cinema, which includes Goyer writing and producing Blade 3.

Fantasy, reality, or somewhere in the fascinating zone that exists in between, Goyer is willing to go wherever his imagination takes him.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

David S. Goyer Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter

Selected Filmography

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