We can expect more sci-fi drama coming down the pipeline from David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). The writer-producer has signed a multi-year overall deal with Skydance Television, expanding his already strong relationship with the studio. Under the new agreement, he will create, develop and produce original series through his production banner, Phantom Four. President of Skydance Television, Marcy Ross, had this to say about the prolific creator.
"Throughout his career, David has proven time and again he is a one-of-a-kind visionary talent as a storyteller and producer for both the big and small screen. David is masterful at bringing to life epic stories and creating massive worlds and we couldn't be more excited to continue our collaboration with him."
The partnership between the studio and Goyer is a fairly extensive one already. He currently serves as showrunner and executive producer on the Skydance Television's science fiction drama series Foundation, which is set to debut on Apple TV+. He is also credited as a writer on Skydance's upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate from Deadpool director Tim Miller, with Skydance's own David Ellison producing alongside prolific filmmaker James Cameron. In the producing realm, Goyer is attached to Chris McKay's action sci-fi Ghost Draft (working title) starring Chris Pratt and Yvonne Strahovski. Goyer had this to say about the opportunity to "expand his partnership" with the team at Skydance.
"I've had the pleasure of working with them on both features and now television," said Goyer. "In David Ellison, I've found a kindred spirit. His love for science fiction and world-building is deep and genuine and I feel very much at home collaborating with him."
Goyer's work on Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy earned him a lot of clout within the science-fiction and superhero genre. He went on to pen the screenplays for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel and its sequel. He created the Syfy series Krypton, ABC's FlashForward, NBC's Constantine and Starz's Da Vinci's Demons. He also serves as executive producer on Neil Gaiman's The Sandman which is in pre-production for Netflix. He and Guillermo del Toro (Shape of Water) have joined forces as producers on Scott Cooper's upcoming horror film Antlers.
Skydance Television has its feelers in a few different streaming platforms and networks. The studio currently produces Grace and Frankie which is about to hold the title as highest episode count for a Netflix Original after its seventh and final season. Also for Netflix, Skydance is behind Altered Carbon which is going into its second season. Condor for AT&T Audience Network and Amazon's Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan are also on the studio's slate.
Television viewing has been undergoing constant shifts in the last decade, and overall deals is just a minor part of it. J.J. Abrams joined with WarnerMedia is an extensive deal recently, Ryan Murphy currently creates under an extensive deal with Netflix, as Jason Blum does with NBCUniversal, and that's just to name a few. As new titles are announced through these agreements, we'll just have to see what these deals do for the creative process. News of Goyer's new studio relationship comes from Deadline.