David Slade to Direct DAREDEVIL Reboot [UPDATED with Story Details]

     March 15, 2011


Director David Slade (30 Days of Night) has been tapped to helm a reboot of the Daredevil franchise for 20th Century Fox. Given that the studio was in the position of either making another Daredevil film in the next few years or letting the rights to the franchise revert back to Disney/Marvel, a reboot was all but inevitable. Variety reports that the film will not contain material from the 2003 Mark Steven Johnson-directed Daredevil flick that starred Ben Affleck, nor the spinoff Elektra, so it appears that this will be a proper reboot.

Slade has been somewhat of a hot property following his first big-budget outing with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, having been in consideration to helm the Wolverine sequel, Pride and Predjudice and Zombies, and the film adaptation of The Hunger Games. While I didn’t think 2003’s Daredevil was a complete disaster, it was obvious that the studio and director had differing opinions of how to tackle the material. Here’s hoping Slade gets to make the film he envisions. No word on how soon production would start, but Slade is currently attached to helm the vampire horror flick The Last Voyage of the Demeter, so one presumes that Daredevil would immediately follow. Next stop: casting the Man Without Fear. [Update: Heat Vision reports that the story will be based off the acclaimed Frank Miller/David Mazzucchelli story arc Born Again, which had the Kingpin discovering Daredevil's secret identity, Matt Murdoch, and destroying Murdoch's life.]

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  • Matt

    I can’t wait for the day that Marvel/Disney own the rights to X-Men, Spiderman, Fantastic 4, Ghost Rider, and Daredevil because no one will have to worry if the movie will be decent, all they’ll have to worry about is will it be a 9.0 or a 10.0 on the badass meter

  • Ryan

    Whatever happened to giving those IPs to men of talent and creative vision who are breaking out big nowadays, such as Duncan Jones for instance?

    Just look at what Christopher Nolan managed to accomplish.

    I’m so fucking glad that Aronofsky is making The Wolverine.

    But in most cases no, it’s always the studio’s guy who promises to make a “gritty origin story and hopefully turn it a franchise and sell as many marketing crap as possible”.

  • Hairyman

    I agree, I did not think the orginal was as bad as everyone thinks and says it was. I quite enjoyed it. I thought that it was a little too close to the plot to the 1989 film, Batman. However, with Ben now a hot commodity, it is too bad that they aren’t looking to use him. Oh well, let someone else fill the red leather. Maybe they can get Chris Evans to play him, too. Why not? Johnny Storm and Captain America just might not be enough.

    • Jesus

      Actually, if anything I’d say let Affleck direct it. The man sought out the role because he was a huge Daredevil fan, and to his credit the man has directed some fantastic films in the last 5 years.

      What really annoys me about this though, is that the original Daredevil is still regarded as a disappointment despite the fact that so few people have seen the Director’s Cut which was miles and miles above the theatrical version. The original did quite a few things right until the studio chopped out a substantial portion of the plot.

    • Labeef

      I agree guys I get perturbed when people diss DAREDEVIL.

      I enjoyed it on several levels and thought it was very entertaining.

      The notion of Affleck returning to helm the movie seems like a good one but I think he is done with superheroes for good.

      I want to say the critical bashing his took from this movie led BEN to say he was staying away from the genre entirely. I could be mistaken but I am pretty sure he said something like that..

      too bad either way I would have liked him to be involved somehow.. Would also like to see colin ferrell in it again, I think his cheesy take on BULLSEYE was classic.

  • thom

    I want to see the all black ninja-esque costume with a red scarf tied around the top half of his head that he wore in the Frank Miller origin stuff.That costume is both believable and rad.

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  • Agent_Black

    The Directors cut of Daredevil was brilliant

  • Excpired

    David Slade rocks, 30 days of night was amazing and I’m sure he’ll do just as good of a job on Daredevil. I wasn’t impressed with the original, it was just kind of plain and boring.

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  • Yahzee Skellington

    Damn right, the Daredevil’s director cut is magnificent, so sad Fox screwed Marc Steven Johnson…

  • Rockslide

    I usually don’t buy it when people say, “Oh it was the studio this and that.” That usually feels like a cop-out, however, in Fox’s case it really does seem to be true more often than not. They really seem to over step their boundaries and have done so for years. How does that go unchecked? How do they seem so oblivious to all the films they have dumbed down and ruined especially in the hero genre? I really wish all their Marvel IP’s would go back to Marvel. I’ll have to go check out the Director’s Cut on Daredevil.

  • Gonse

    Michael C. Hall and I’ll be happy!

    • Labeef

      Dexter, really?!?!?!

      He has about as much charisma and a thumbtack.. Love him as a serial killer but probably not so much as a Superhero.

      You saw Gamer right?

  • Labeef

    Am I crazy or has Frank Miller written on every subject there is.

    It also seems like all reboots are from a Frank Miller story.

    I am a fan but come on Hollywood you guys are going to burn this bridge until we are tired of seeing the dark origin story of everything..

    there are only so many ways to say I want revenge for (insert crime)…

    its getting old..

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