Director Joe Carnahan Reveals DAREDEVIL Reboot Pitch Videos; Project Apparently Not Moving Forward
Published: August 14, 2012 - 8:26pm
It was recently revealed that 20th Century Fox is more keen on spearheading their Fantastic Four franchise reboot rather than pursuing the long planned Daredevil reboot; now further confirmation has come through.
The story of Daredevil follows New York City attorney Matt Murdock who, due to a crippling injury as a child, lost his eye sight but gained superhuman senses of touch, scent and hearing -- as well as an extra-sensory "radar" -- which help him patrol the streets of the Hell's Kitchen bringing harsh justice to criminals.
The 2003 Daredevil film and it's spin-off Elektra were not very well received by fans or critics and recent rumbling pegged the property's film rights were quietly moving over to Marvel Studios. Director David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, 30 Days of Night) was attached along with writer Brad Caleb Kane (Fringe) working the screenplay. Sources close to the production had said the story line would be an adaptation of the critically acclaimed Frank Miller-written and David Mazzucchelli-illustrated Born Again comic book series, which saw the Kingpin of Crime learn the identity of Daredevil and begin to systematically destroy his life.
Last week we learned that director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey) had proposed a dark, retro treatment to the studio, who were reportedly "very lukewarm about rebooting Daredevil." Now, Carnahan has confirmed that via his Twitter account that the project is not moving forward:
"Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids...We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone’s side."
Unless Fox chooses to move forward with production on Daredevil before October 12th of this year, which at this point is very unlikely, the film rights to the character will revert to Marvel Studios. The director also released two versions of demo footage -- utilizing clips from other films including 2003's Daredevil, Taxi Driver and The Warriors as well as Marvel comic book panels -- that were a part of his pitch: