The Daredevil reboot plans at Fox are heating up again as that supposedly awesome script that director David Slade left now has a shepherd once more. A-Team Director Joe Carnahan is said to be in talks to helm the franchise’s revival which is making things extremely interesting at this point in time due to the wonders of reverting property rights.
This is the second page in the on-going saga about a potential situation that could see Daredevil go back under the Marvel Studios banner. Earlier this summer, it was revealed that Fox had until October 10th to begin production and if they did not then guess what. The rights for the blind superhero would in fact belong to the same production outfit behind The Avengers.
Many comic book fans would like nothing more than to see this dream come true. The property not only holds one of the most iconic and underutilized heroes from the industry, but also a host of villains that The Avengers and Co. tangle with. While this would undoubtedly not fit into Marvel Studios current plans for their ensemble franchise, it might play big down the road suggesting this would be a boon for the Disney-owned company.
Wait, there’s more! Marvel does not want these rights. Well, they do, but they would much rather have a different set of rights that fits more in-line with what the group is doing at the moment. According to Variety, Marvel Studios has offered Fox an out that would entail giving up only a few Fantastic Four characters: The world-devouring supervillain Galactus and the Silver Surfer. While the latter would be nice, it is said to be the former that is most coveted.
Given that Fox will likely have to plow a ton of money into a new Daredevil to set it up properly, they more than likely would prefer to not rush and ‘get it right’ suggesting the studio might take a deal especially considering Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot and two X-Men movies are already in development. The reason that is important is pumping out a Daredevil movie would thoroughly saturate the superhero marketplace for the next few years.
Updated: Deadline has been trying to confirm this story at Variety today, and they say that no one is talking if this in fact the case. It seems to them that Fox is actually in talks regarding co-financing a Daredevil film at this time which sounds even more absurd than the earlier story. Why would Marvel Studios want to aide in the increasing saturation of the genre by gambling on something that might not even be profitable?
Why lie to Deadline? Because everyone who works in the industry reads the blog. If Fox goes to the press all giddy about saving Daredevil then it looks like they care so much that they are willing to give away the farm to save the property. Perhaps this way the studio might be able to save Silver Surfer which is set to be a big piece of the Fantastic Four reboot. Daredevil for Galactus is a far easier pill to swallow.
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