Joe Carnahan’s ‘Daredevil’ Sizzle Reel; Marvel Reclaims Character [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 11th, 2012 at 8:29 pm,

[Update #2: As of October 10th, Marvel has regained the movie rights to Daredevil.]

It was a year and half ago when David Slade (30 Days of Night) was chosen by Twentieth Century Fox to helm the Daredevil reboot, a project that has failed to materialize as the clock winds down for the studio. During Comic-Con 2012 last month, the news broke that Slade would not longer be able direct Daredevil due his work on the Hannibal pilot conflicting with Fox’s scheduling needs.

The problem for Fox is that the film rights to Daredevil have restrictions and if they don’t have the movie in production by October 10th, then they lose the license as it reverts back to Disney/Marvel Studios. Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) almost swept in to save the film but as we learned today, that’s no longer happening.

Fox is stuck between a rock and a hard place with their Marvel properties. While the X-Men series is their most important with The Wolverine already shooting and X-Men: Days of Future Past beginning production later this year, Fantastic Four and Daredevil are their other two franchises in need of a reboot. Chronicle director Josh Trank has already signed to helm FF but Daredevil hasn’t been so fortunate and it could be because of Fox’s feelings (or lack thereof) on the character.

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Last week, Variety reported that Fox was in talks with Marvel Studios about a potential trade, one that would involve Marvel giving Fox an extension on the Daredevil rights so they don’t have to rush the project, in exchange for the rights to Silver Surfer and Galactus, two key parts of the Fantastic Four mythos and cosmic side of the larger Marvel universe. According to Deadline’s conflicting report however, Fox instead simply wanted Marvel Studios to co-finance the film – an option that perhaps would not benefit Marvel as much as getting the rights back.

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And get the rights back they might. As we learned from Joe Carnahan today via Twitter, his pitch for a ’70s style Daredevil in the vein of Frank Miller’s best books in the series didn’t fly. He confirmed that it was simply an issue of running out of time at Fox and that his pitch was otherwise very well received. For those interested, he just promised over Twitter to share it soon.

[Update: Joe Carnahan released his Daredevil sizzle reel which can be viewed up top.]

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As Deadline reaffirms, Fox is “lukewarm” on the project and it seems now that they may simply let it revert back to Marvel. While at first glance, Daredevil may seem obviously best suited in the hands of its creators, Marvel Studios simply won’t be able to produce a Daredevil feature in the forseeable future. If they can’t make a television series out of it either, there will be no live-action Daredevil for anyone if Fox isn’t making it.

That’s the issue of Marvel Studios owning all of their own properties and a big part of the reason ex-CEO Avi Arad initially distributed the film rights to their key characters among a variety of separate studios as to not have them cannibalizing themselves by prioritizing only the higher profile brands.


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Sources: Joe Carnahan, Deadline

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  1. So…efficiently Daredevil is dead for another ten years…from the sound of it. Love that reel, I am a 70′s boy some I have a soft spot for that era comics/movies.

  2. That sizzle reel was terrible.

    • I have to agree…

  3. I’d love to see it as a TV show. Kind of Law and Order in reverse. Pilot episode starts with some salt of the earth Hell’s Kitchen store owners seeing some crazy mechanical dragons off in the distance over the city, but they have their own troubles. Thugs are taking advantage of the cosmic chaos to loot. They threaten the poor, innocent store owners while stealing their meager merchandise. They are stopped (with malice) by a crimson shadow. The overburdened court system turns the baddies loose despite the logical arguments by Solicitor Murdock. The emboldened miscreants use their freedom to revisit our humble store owners and are interrupted (unkindly) by the red demon again. The pilot ends with the store owners watching the ‘thank you’ reel from the Avengers on their 13″ TV and voicing their thanks to the hero who saved their lives and livelihood while the Avengers saved the world. Next week… Matt defends….. Who is set free due to a corrupt…… The perpetrator goes on to…… Until he gets his visit from Ol’ Horn Head. Crime and court procedural with a superheroic twist. Gold.

    • nice

  4. Get the rights back Marvel!

  5. That’s interesting – a trade off between Marvel & Fox – Galactus & The Surfer for an extention on the Daredevil lease – Sounds perfect to me :)

  6. If they are doing a 70′s Daredevil movie, I think they should do the Yellow and Red suit instead of the familiar red that has that bad Ben Affleck taste to it…

    It should be interesting to see what happens. Obviously Fox is interested if it is going to offer a trade, but at the same time I don’t think Silver Surfer and Galactus are worth Daredevil. Now if they threw in some of the X-Men characters that reach beyond X-Men fame (read Deadpool) it might get interesting. I just don’t think Marvel Studios will do it, especially now that Disney is behind them because Disney has a rough history with other studios having rights to characters (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Narnia are prime examples)

    • Ok if Fox has Daredevil they can make a movie soon. Maybe 2014/2015. If Marvel, not until 2016/2017 would it be plausible, and how does this darker character fit into the greater and usually more lighthearted MCU?

      At the same time,I don’t see Silver Surfer playing in the MCU in any significant way for a while, though Galactus could be the big villain in Avengers 2. If Fox has it, it sits dormant for a while and probably permanently because they won’t want Fantastic Four 2 rebooted

  7. How long until Fox’s ownership of F4 expires? Just curious.

  8. Daredevil needs to be in the present era NOT the 70′s. Show his dad during the 70′s. Fox wants to play hardball,it’s time for Marvel/Disney to fight and get those F4 characters back. Boycott Fox’s F4, Marvel/Disney should suggest to audiences to support the Marvel Studios brand only.

  9. Everybody’s saying what will Marvel do with DD. It’s not like Marvel knew that Fox would need an extension. They’ll slot him in somewhere, guaranteed.
    Read that Fox retains Rights to Elektra. That can’t be right

  10. A TV-series with DareDevil sounds cool, it could work.

  11. I would love to see Marvel schedule an “impromptu” press conference on October 11th, announcing that they are going to make ‘Daredevil: The Man Without Fear” for a Summer 2014 release.

    Make Joss Whedon and Jon Favreau the executive producers, cast Ryan Kwanten from True Blood as DD, introduce Gladiator as a villain, throw in Stilt Man for good measure, and give us a CGI-enhanced Kingpin.

    I don’t doubt for a second that Marvel Studios has just been sitting on a Daredevil script as a contingency plan, should the movie rights ever revert back to them.

    • “CGI-enhanced Kimgpin”

      …And that is exactly why Carnahan should have made this movie at Fox.

      • You’re not going to find an actor that is physically imposing enough to accurately represent The Kingpin, so yes, a CGI enhanced character (much like Dr. Manhattan) would have to be considered.

        Speaking of ‘Watchmen’, Disney isn’t going to greenlight an R-rated a superhero film because they have to advertise this film on every one of their networks.

        Also, Watchmen didn’t exactly break box office records, so I can understand Fox’s hesitation to go there.

  12. Opulent Ben affleck direct the reboot ifit ever does happen