Update: Goyer clearly liked the script – he's now officially aboard to direct the adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
His incarnation of Batman may have retired, but writer David Goyer hasn't made a similar retreat from the Hollywood blockbuster. There have been the not-small matters of Godzilla and Man Of Steel to be getting on with, but Goyer, along with Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, is now also getting to work on an adaptation of Patrick Lee's novel The Breach.
Published in 2009, Lee's airport doorstop is in some way a late entry into that Da Vinci Code cycle of globe-trotting, artefact-chasing adventures. But it's also a bit more interesting than that, throwing in sci-fi elements like dimensional rifts.
The basic set-up sees an indestructible ex-cop, going by the none-more-action name of Travis Chase, taking himself out of society to live as Jeremiah Johnson in Alaska. Ruining his peace and quiet, however, is the discovery of a crashed 747, apparently unknown to the authorities, the dead passengers on which have all been shot rather than killed in the crash.
Among the bodies is the President's wife, and the plane is revealed to have been transporting a certain item with the capacity to bring on Armageddon. Damn, those things are annoying.
Chase finds himself both mankind's final hope and a "pawn of incomprehensible forces," which is a bad day in anyone's book. There's compensation in the form of a mysterious love interest though, and there are, of course, mysteries and secret societies and twists and whatnot. Especially whatnot.
It's tosh, obviously, but in the right hands it could end up the right sort of tosh, which is presumably what all involved are aiming for. The novel is the first in a trilogy too, so a successful Breach could lead into Ghost Country and Deep Sky.
Goyer and di Bonaventura have given Justin Rhodes (Grassroots, The Join) the job of writing the adaptation, and while Goyer is only attached as producer at this point, there seems to be some suggestion that he might also direct. Talks with all the major studios are currently underway. Surely Travis Breach has to be The Rock? The name alone mandates it!