Yesterday, we reported the sad news that Joe Carnahan‘s pitch for the reboot of Daredevil failed to gain any traction at Fox. As if to make us even more disappointed, Carnahan took the sizzle reel he made to convince Fox execs and posted it online so we could get a better idea of how cool his take would have been. We’re not seeing any period-piece superhero movies, and Daredevil would have fit in nicely with the 1970s.
As we’ve seen from his tweets and posting of the sizzle reel, Carnahan has no problem keeping people updated about what he’s working on. With that in mind, he called in to The Radio Dan Show to talk about why he was interested in Daredevil, and why the project didn’t get off the ground (the rights will likely now revert to Marvel Studios). He also talks about his upcoming remake of Death Wish, when it will take place, its similarity to the original, and more. Hit the jump for what Carnahan had to say about these projects.
Last week, we reported the exciting news that Fox was looking at director Joe Carnahan (The Grey) to reboot Daredevil. The studio needs to get a reboot of the Man without Fear into production by October 10th or else the rights for the character will revert to Marvel Studios. There was even word that Fox, in order to hold onto the rights a little longer, was willing to make a trade with Marvel. This report was later denied, and we learned that Fox was still lukewarm on rebooting Daredevil. Carnahan was still involved, but now that may have changed as well.
Hit the jump for more including two very cool updates:
Yesterday, we reported on the interesting possibility of Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox possibly trading comic book characters for the benefit of both studios. In short, Fox’s rights to Daredevil are set to expire on October 10th unless the movie goes into production before then (which is highly unlikely to happen). Marvel would extend Fox’s rights to the character, if Fox allowed Marvel to use Galactus and Silver Surfer from the Fantastic Four universe. It would be a neat trade, and hopefully open the door for Marvel being able to use some of the characters they licensed off before the studio could develop movies independently.
However, Deadline is now reporting that this trade is far from a reality. Hit the jump for more.
Fox has moved a step forward on one superhero franchise and a step back on another. First up, Deadline confirms that Josh Trank (Chronicle) will direct the reboot of Fantastic Four. The studio is trying to get all of its superhero franchises back up and running, but right now X-Men is the only one with any gas. The Wolverine is due to start filming next month, and the sequel to X-Men: First Class will shoot in January once Jennifer Lawrence has wrapped on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Progress on Fantastic Four could mean that the studio has at least one new superhero movie every year.
However, the studio may not have much time left for Daredevil. Hit the jump for more.
As you can see from the image above, Daredevil is pissed at being left out of all The Avengers coverage. Luckily we have a little bit of news on that front. In a recent interview with Tom Rothman, 2oth Century Fox’s CEO, Steve gleaned some info about the David Slade-directed reboot of Daredevil, notably:
“It’s in development; we’re working on the script.”
Not much to go on, but at least we now know who is working on the script. Deadline reports that David James Kelly is doing a rewrite for the script, one that appears to be based on Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s classic 1986 “Born Again” arc, spanning issues #227-233. The story centers on the Kingpin discovering Daredevil’s true identity which results in the hero’s life turning upside-down. While I’m fully expecting some sort of hero origin story to be worked in, I’m curious: who do you think should play Daredevil this time around?
Ever since 2008′s Iron Man, Marvel Studios has carved out a profitable niche in Hollywood independently financing the film adaptations of the Marvel comics. However, because of the nature of film rights, a few of Marvel’s most popular properties are housed at other studios. Fox has three: X-Men, Daredevil, and Fantastic Four. In a recent interview, Fox executive Tom Rothman stressed the studio is eager to continue development on the next chapter in those respective stories—a sequel to X-Men: First Class and reboots for Daredevil and Fantastic Four.
Hit the jump for the interview clip (plus quotes) to see what Rothman had to say.
Director David Slade has taken to the Twitter machine to talk about Daredevil and Wolverine. Slade recently became attached to direct Daredevil, but Darren Aronofsky’s sudden departure from The Wolverine has led to speculation that Slade could take the helm since he was one of the lead contenders for the gig. Slade has now clarified not only his plans for Daredevil but also his current status in regards to The Wolverine. Speaking about Daredevil, Slade tweeted:
So without breaking confidentiality, yes Daredevil, we have a great outline for a very strong character driven take on Mr Matt Murdock. It will bare no relation to the previous Daredevil movie in any way. We are at early planning stages and have not yet discussed any cast.
Hit the jump for more on Daredevil, as well as what Slade had to say about The Wolverine.
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.]