‘Daredevil’ Reboot Getting a Rewrite

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Little progress has been made on 20th Century Fox’s Daredevil reboot since David Slade was brought aboard to helm the project – so little that the 30 Days of Night and Eclipse filmmaker has found time to direct an episode on Breaking Bad and the pilot for Awake, while also preparing to oversee the pilot for Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal series.

However, the Daredevil reboot’s engine looks to start puttering once again, now that Fox has recruited a little-known writer in the form of David James Kelly, to rework the screenplay for the Marvel comic book movie project.

Deadline has the scoop on Kelly being hired on to revamp the current script draft for the Daredevil reboot, penned by Brad Caleb Kane (a former co-showrunner and writer for Fringe). Slade, as it were, is still poised to direct the project, once he completes his additional television show production duties.

Kane’s screenplay is reportedly based on a famous Daredevil comic book storyline written by Frank Miller – dating back to a time when that was a good thing – titled “Born Again”, wherein The Kingpin systematically destroys Matt Murdock’s life, after discovering that he is the face behind “The Man Without Fear.” Such a plot setup would tie in organically to the conclusion of Mark Steven Johnson’s 2003 Daredevil movie, where The Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) was on his way to prison, after having learned the titular, devil-costumed hero’s (Ben Affleck) secret identity.

Hence, Slade’s Daredevil project could ultimately prove to be more of a rebooting sequel that maintains continuity with its predecessor, along the lines of The Incredible Hulk or this summer’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation – as opposed to, just a rehashing of Daredevil’s origin story.

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While the writing talent associated with the Daredevil reboot doesn’t do much to generate excitement, Slade being set to direct has provided good reason for fans to expect a movie that genuinely deserves the label “darker, grittier and better.” Here, that would actually be appropriate too, given the nature of the Daredevil universe and Murdock’s life in general – to say nothing of the brutal twists and turns found in Miller’s “Born Again” storyline.

Similarities between the “Born Again” plot and the acclaimed “Batman: Knightfall” comic book storyline (thought to be partly the basis for The Dark Knight Rises) could be interpreted as an encouraging sign for Slade’s movie – or a sign of a lack of creativity, depending on how you approach it. If nothing else, though, at least the Daredevil requel (rebooting sequel) shouldn’t be lacking in substance to go with the “edgier” style (Ghost Rider 2, looking at you).

We will continue to keep you up-to-date on the status of the Daredevil reboot as more information is released.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I think it’s about time. The first one wasn’t that bad but it needs some spark, what with the X-Men prequel/reboot, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor all doing well. Let’s hope Ghost Rider’s next.

    • ben affleck was horrible as well as everything about the first dd. Everything.

  2. I’d like to see a Daredevil film directed by David Fincher.

    • This (to me) would be the best Superhero film EVER…..
      Rob Bowman

      Ben AfFleck, Damon Lindolof, Andre Nemec

      Emile Hirsch as Daredevil
      Joseph Fiennes as Bullseye
      Rebecca Hall as Elektra
      Kiefer Sutherland as Kingpin
      Tricia Helfer as Karen Page
      Rebecca Romijn as Typhoid Mary
      Eric Roberts as The Purple Man

      Trust me, THIS would be awsome! 😉

      • Why would any movie put Kiefer Sutherland or Eric Roberts in it? Daredevil could be in law school perhaps when we see him, but not a kid.

    • That would be amazing! DD deserves a befitting reboot.

  3. I remember watching the movie back in 03 and didn’t bother to give Murdock a chance. But recently, after reading Mark Raid’s run so far and now catching up on Bendis’ too, I gotta say that he’s one of my favorite characters. A lot of directors could make a phenomenal DD movie, but the one that comes to mind for me is Guy Ritchie. I think his perspective would make for a realistic, gritty noir with a lot of wit and carefully placed humor. And the narrative slowmo action sequences like he did in Sherlock would be awesome for Daredevil, incorporating his abilities and such.

  4. Michael C. Hall (Dexter)would be great for Daredevil. They have to connect Daredevil to the Spiderman universe though.

  5. HOPEFULLY they’d do a proper realistic costume
    since DD is blind, it would be logical to see him
    in Tim Burton’s style Catwoman suit with stitches all over

    then hopefully, the story won’t try to be DARK KNIGHT with
    all the trying to be too serious

    i’d still prefer DD as comic’ish but like i said
    like BATMAN RETURNS coz it’s comicky but still dark enough
    to give justice to the whole theme