The Hero Complex is reporting David Scarpa (The Day the Earth Stood Still) has been hired to write the reboot of Daredevil at the 20th Century Fox affiliated production company New Regency. While rumors of Fox wanting to reboot Daredevil were online last year, this is the first news about anyone being hired. While I’d love to say I’m excited by this hiring…I’m not. More after the jump:
In case you’re unaware, Fox owns the rights to Daredevil, X-Men, and Silver Surfer as long as they continue to keep them in active development (or make movies). With the worldwide popularity of comic book films, it’s a sure bet Fox will never let the rights revert back to Marvel.
Therefore, Fox has to keep Daredevil moving forward, so they’ve hired someone with minimal movie experience to write the reboot of Matt Murdock.
As I said, I’m not excited by this hire. At all. Daredevil is a great Marvel character and one that deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. What Fox needs to do is hire a great director and have that person work with a writer to shape and design a film (or films) that everyone will be excited to see.
They need to take the road Warner Bros. did with Christopher Nolan on Batman. Or like Marvel did with Jon Favreau on Iron Man.
Until Fox decides to hire a real filmmaker, I just can’t be excited, as the last few superhero movies made at Fox have let me down.
Also, according to the Hero Complex, former News Corp. executive Peter Chernin will produce the project and David Scarpa has been given the freedom to reinterpret plot points and character nuance. Meaning, he can ignore what he wants to from the Mark Steven Johnson version from 2003. That’s the best news of the night.
More as we get it.