Batman screenwriter sells trilogy to studio before it's written

Contributed by
Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Guess they really like what David Goyer is doing over there at Warner Brothers Pictures. The screenwriter, who has been involved in both of Christopher Nolan's Batman films and has also developed a new take on Superman, just sold his upcoming trilogy of science fiction novels to the studio—before even finishing it!

Goyer and co-author Michael Cassutt have finished the first book, Heaven's Shadow, with a July 2011 publication date set and two more books in the works. According to Deadline, the story begins with an object headed toward Earth and the world's governments competing to intercept and investigate it. When a crew finally reaches what they believe is a runaway meteor, they instead discover alien forces that pose a threat to the human race.

Goyer has already signed a deal to adapt Heaven's Shadow for the screen and sold the next two books in the series, Heaven's War and Heaven's Fall, to the studio as well—purely by telling them the story, since he and Cassutt have not written them yet. They're due out in the summer of 2012 and 2013, respectively.

The writer said, "It's a perfect project for Warner Brothers, and I've obviously enjoyed a long and fruitful working relationship with the studio."

Goyer's resume features writing and/or directing credits on the Blade movies, Dark City and The Unborn, but he's well-regarded for co-scripting Batman Begins with Nolan and working on the story for The Dark Knight. He's also worked on Nolan's next Batman installment, and his pitch for a new Superman movie (which may or may not be called The Man of Steel) got Nolan so excited he agreed to produce the thing.

As they say around this town, Warner Brothers likes being in the David Goyer business and just bought a whole bunch of new stock in it. Does Goyer's sci-fi epic sound like a must-read and must-watch to you?