‘Daredevil’ Movie Rights Revert Back to Marvel

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 24th, 2013 at 6:38 am,

Daredevil rights have reverted back to Marvel Daredevil Movie Rights Revert Back to Marvel

It’s strange to think how close Twentieth Century Fox came to rebooting Daredevil, only for it all to come to nothing. The plans were around for so long and saw so much effort put into them that the studio’s second attempt at a Daredevil movie began to feel like an inevitability. Frank Miller and Jason Statham took an interest in getting involved as director and lead actor, respectively, and Fox executive Tom Rothman said that the prospect of a reboot was “something we are thinking very seriously about.”

Fox thought so seriously about the Daredevil reboot that they hired first one screenwriter, then another, then another to write and polish up a script. David Slade was brought on to direct the project and remained attached for over a year before eventually dropping out. Then, last fall, Joe Carnahan made a pitch for the director’s chair, but by that point Fox seemed to have cooled on the idea altogether and decided instead to let the rights revert back to Marvel.

Speaking with Newsarama at a press junket today, Marvel’s President of Production, Kevin Feige – who co-produced the 2003 Daredevil movie – was asked whether or not Twentieth Century Fox’s failure to produce the reboot meant that the rights to Daredevil are now back with Marvel and parent company Disney.

Feige’s response?

“Yes.”

In fact, Daredevil probably came back to Marvel Studios a while ago, since the the deadline for Twentieth Century Fox to get a reboot into production passed on October 10th, 2012. However, since this is the first time that someone from Marvel as spoken on the matter, Feige’s one-word confirmation is more or less the equivalent of a “welcome home” banner, and many comic book fans are celebrating the news.

The big question now, of course, is what Marvel plans to do with Daredevil. With all the various attempts to get the reboot off the ground, it’s possible (though unlikely) that Joe Carnahan might be granted his wish and given the green light on the ultra-violent, ’70s-set Daredevil movie that he created a sizzle reel for, or that David Slade will finally be given the chance to get his “complex” approach to the handicapped hero onscreen. The most likely scenario seems to be that Marvel will choose an entirely new creative team with a fresh take on Daredevil.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in Daredevil Daredevil Movie Rights Revert Back to Marvel

Aside from being featured in his own stand-alone film, there’s also room for Matt Murdock within the shared Marvel movie universe that currently consists of The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and The Avengers. In the comic books, Daredevil recently teamed up with Spider-Man, Wolverine, Luke Cage and others as part of the New Avengers, and the instrumental role that Hawkeye and Black Widow played in last year’s The Avengers proved that even human superheroes can fit in alongside gods, superhumans, and iron men.

Do you think Marvel are likely to take an interest in a Daredevil reboot? Share your thoughts on the homecoming in the comments.

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Source: Newsarama

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  1. I thought it was already back at marvel? well now its official I guess.

  2. Simple solution: Start a Marvel Knights Production company that will d all the street level and ultra violent superhero stuff. It worked for the comics why can’t it work for the movies

    • I suggested this a bit ago… people thought I was crazy. You crazy. :D

      • @Aknot & Triphazzard85, They’d just need a Feige type to run that department and let Feige do checks & balances on the president of the Marvel Knights Studio subsidiary.

        • Let Feige oversee the president of MKS(Marvel Knights Studios).

    • That’s a great idea. And bring back Elektra, but make it based on the series Elekta: Assasin by Frank Miller.

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  4. The Luke Cages, Iron Fists, Daredevils, and Moon Knights of the Marvel cinematic universe might as well be Paladin. Marvel doesn’t have the time or the resources to handle all of these characters and they’re just on a lower power tier anyways. Honestly you’re more likely to see Paladin appear on Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. then you are to see another Daredevil or Punisher movie in the next ten years.

    Would I love to see Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Moon Knight, Daredevil, or Punisher on the big screen? Of course. But I just don’t see how they’re realistically going to get around to it while sticking with the two movies a year formula. I think they got the same probability as Herc making it to the big screen at this point.

    • Very good point and sadly your probably right.

    • Why couldn’t most of these characters you mentioned appear in SHIELD too? I always hoped they would go that route.

      • I suppose they could. I got to say, I’d rather them make a Heroes for Hire show instead though.

        • I was thinking that they would include several of the street-level heroes. HFH, DD, Moon Knight, etc. I know that probably isn’t going to happen but it should.

  5. i like it more if daredevil strays away from the avenger team-ups but his existence will still be in the shared universe. what i’d like to see is a team-up between daredevil & spiderman.

  6. Disney/Marvel seem to be really happy with the deal they have with Sony for Spider-Man. In 2012, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger revealed that in exchange of Sony having complete distribution rights to the Spidey films, (Alsi means a larger percentage of the box office profits.) Disney got complete rights to all Spidey merchandise, including ones related to the new trilogy. That brings in a lot of money to the House of Mouse, so that is a deal they are very happy with. I’m sure a similar deal is in place with 20th Century Fox and the X-Men & Fantastic Four franchises. I really don’t think we’ll ever see those three franchises revert back to Marvel but who knows what could happen in 10 years.

    Elektra and Ghost Rider seem to be the only two that will probably revert back in the next few years. After both having poor box office results from their last installments, I don’t see their studios making new sequels anytime soon. So after that, Disney will have everything, minus Spider-Man, X-Men, and Fantastic Four characters.

    Just one question for you guys. Who owns the rights to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch? Any Marvel comics fan knows that both are mutants, the offspring of Magneto. Both gave been heavily involved in both X-Men and Avengers comics. Does Disney or Fox own them or are they shared rights?

    • Kevin Feige has said that both Marvel and Fox can use Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver; but Marvel couldn’t call them mutants or use the Magneto connection.

    • Perhaps the point here is Marvel characters should be “shared” from a profit perspective on the part of these corporations that the studios actually are. Agreed: Marvel cannot produce a sufficient quantity of films that will “cover” all their characters, even in “team-ups”. They’re simply too many; in addition, film audiences are not salivating to see the multiple “power tiers” or “universes” because the majority of popcorn-eater don’t know what they want on screen — only what they like.

      Irony feeds on the fact that Disney spent huge sums of money on the unknown, un-touted, untried JOHN CARTER…yet, here, we’re assured of their “no confidence” in reboot of DAREDEVIL due to irrational prejudice based entirely on box office performance rather than improper development of that film.

      By this standard there should be no Batman trilogy or MAN OF STEEL.

  7. Disney/Marvel seem to be really happy with the deal they have with Sony for Spider-Man. In 2012, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger revealed that in exchange of Sony having complete distribution rights to the Spidey films, (Alsi means a larger percentage of the box office profits.) Disney got complete rights to all Spidey merchandise, including ones related to the new trilogy. That brings in a lot of money to the House of Mouse, so that is a deal they are very happy with. I’m sure a similar deal is in place with 20th Century Fox and the X-Men & Fantastic Four franchises. I really don’t think we’ll ever see those three franchises revert back to Marvel but who knows what could happen in 10 years.

    Elektra and Ghost Rider seem to be the only two that will probably revert back in the next few years. After both having poor box office results from their last installments, I don’t see their studios making new sequels anytime soon. So after that, Disney will have everything, minus Spider-Man, X-Men, and Fantastic Four characters.

    Just one question for you guys. Who owns the rights to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch? Any Marvel comics fan knows that both are mutants, the offspring of Magneto. Both gave been heavily involved in both X-Men and Avengers comics. Does Disney or Fox own them or are they shared rights?

    • It gets foggy with Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. You could have them with Marvel, but you can’t make any reference that they are mutants or who there daddy is, which would make explaining just who the hell they are rather tricky.

  8. Oops. Sorry for the double post.

  9. I would like to see a good plot for a reboot of this awesome marvel character. Let’s start with casting, personally I like Ray Park.

  10. I would like Sony to get the rights back and launch a “Marvel Knights” universe parallel to the Disney/Marvel one with D.D., Elektra, The Punisher, etc., etc. who says that Captain America and The Punisher ever have to meet-obtuse references could be made but not elaborated upon.

    I personally have found it in-congruent to have Ol’ Horn Head involved in “alien” encounters (such as meeting the Beyonder in Secret Wars II).

    I too like the director’s cut of D.D. and Elektra as well, but would love to see Daredevil Year One, Elektra Assasin, Born Again, Last Rites.

    The whole R Rating thing is a perception one a “hard PG-13 rating” could just as easily convey the same impact as a “soft R rating”.

    Plus we could get a DD/Batman or Punisher/Red Hood (it could be sooo awesome !!!) film.

  11. It’s a shame that Marvel couldn’t get the right back for Silver Surfer. That would’ve been a much more viable property to use for introducing Thanos and the cosmic universe.

  12. welcome home DareDevil we missed you

  13. Daredevil is handicapped? He may not see the way everyone else does, but in no way is he handicapped!

  14. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up reading Frank Miller’s DD run, but it would nice if Marvel Studios would give us a Daredevil movie that didn’t slavishly reek of Miller’s influence. Writer, Mark Waid is doin’ work right now on the current DD comic book. The book is well written, visually impressive, and doesn’t take itself too serious.

    They tried the dark and gritty route ten years ago, and it came off as stale and trite. Put Matt in his original yellow and red costume, bring in Mark Waid as a consultant, and give the movie a sense of adventure.

  15. I think daredevil would make for an intriguing serial to be seen on tv

  16. Can I make a prediction….Eventually the fantastic 4 will revert back to Marvel. I dont think Fox understands the fantastic 4 and the wild potential and love so many of us have for the F4….plus Im just saying: I want a Powerpack movie…uh for the kids lol….such unlimited potential & fox is braindead on what makes them so special.

  17. Meangreen machine is right, these characters have to revert back to marvel. Xmen and fantastic four need to go back to marvel. Without the rest of the marvel universe these characters have reached their end in foxes crappy universe.

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