‘Daredevil’ & ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Reboots Snag New Writers

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Daredevil and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboots get new writers Daredevil & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboots Snag New Writers

Two upcoming comic book franchise reboots – one about a blind-warrior with “sonar vision,” the other about mutated reptiles with mad martial arts skills – have just taken another step forward. 20th Century Fox has hired a screenwriter to pen its new Daredevil movie, while Paramount has selected a new writing duo to tackle scripting duties on its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.

Daredevil is the reboot that fans have been expecting to hear about sooner than later, since director David Slade promised some official news was on the horizon about a week and a half ago. Better late than never, though.

Heat Vision says that Fox has brought on writer Brad Caleb Kane to script Slade’s new cinematic project about The Man Without Fear, who was previously brought to life onscreen by Ben Affleck in 2003. Kane served as a consulting producer on Starz’ Crash TV series; he is also a co-producer on Fringe and scripted three episodes in the first season, including “The Cure” and “The No-Brainer”. He’s also known as the singing voice of Disney’s Aladdin – and played Lanny in Starship Troopers. Take all that as you will.

THR also indicates that Kane will be adapting Frank Miller’s famous “Born Again” Daredevil story arc, which was previously rumored to be the basis for Slade’s franchise relaunching. Miller’s seven-issue work was released back in 1986 and revolves around the efforts of Wilson “The Kingpin” Fisk (previously played by Michael Clarke Duncan) to systematically destroy Matt Murdock’s life – after discovering that he and Daredevil are the same person.

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Using “Born Again” for the new Daredevil is an interesting move; the storyline could technically work as a sequel to the 2003 movie, which concluded with Fisk discovering the masked hero’s true identity and promising to destroy Murdock once he escaped from prison. Slade has said before that his film “will bare no relation to the previous Daredevil movie in any way” – so that presumably means the new movie is going to break away completely from the continuity of its predecessor.

Given Slade’s background as a director (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night), he seems well-positioned to deliver a Daredevil film that is as grimly serious and gritty as many fans wanted the theatrical cut of the 2003 movie to be. He even managed to make the third Twilight movie, Eclipse, feel at times like a legitimate supernatural horror thriller – so working from source material penned by Frank Miller in his prime should make it easier for Slade to deliver a truly engaging flick.

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The pizza-loving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are prepped to step back into the limelight, with both a new animated TV series and live-action movie on the horizon. So far, both new incarnations of the Turtles are expected to follow the example set by (pretty much) every other upcoming comic book reboot under the sun and return the titular characters to their darker roots – as written in the original comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

Deadline, however, says that Iron Man screenwriting duo Matt Holloway and Art Marcum are no longer working on the new live-action TMNT movie; now the project is being scripted by Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol writing team Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who also previously worked on television series like Alias and the U.S. version of Life on Mars.

The 2007 CGI TMNT movie also attempted to paint Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael in a more serious light – but so-so critical reception and box office returns left the franchise in a funk once again. Hopefully, the new live-action film will be a fun, action-packed return to form for the series. Here’s some free advice to help: this time, make sure the TMNT movie actually has a better-developed plot than its video game spinoff.

We’ll keep you posted on the status of both the Daredevil and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot in the future.

Source: THR, Deadline

TAGS: daredevil, teenage mutant ninja turtles

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  1. I’m all for a serious toned TMNT movie. That’s what it started out as. But as you said, a better plot and what not is a must.

    • Gotta have that humour though!

  2. I can still watch the first ninja Turtles movie. It’s fantastic. The tone was perfect, the fight scenes (beiging that they’re in the rubber suits) are awesome, and the rubber suits themselves look spectacular even now. Please do the “reboot” correctly….. And I think Daredevil has the some of the most potential of any Marvel charecter there is. It’d be great to see a Daredevil/Punisher storyline.

  3. The newer cartoons took the serious tone and those shows were awesome. If the movie follows suit should be a good one.

  4. Im 100% on board for a tmnt reboot that does the franchise justice but every movie studio says the same thing about “going darker” or making “closer to the comics”. Seems like that’s just what they are required to say. With the franchise in the hands of Nick I doubt we’ll get anything better than the 2007 movie.

  5. Pizzarific! But seriously, I love turtles and if they can get it back to the darker roots I’m definitely down for the film. Can’t wait for more info.

  6. Man, give up on this franchise. I liked the b & W comics back in the day… but TMNT had it’s time. It’s done.

    Just my take on it.

  7. I enjoyed the 2007 TMNT movie for the STUNNING visual effects (fight scene in the rain WHAT) but the rest was questionable.

    I just hope that for once they allow something other than the Leo Raph conflict to take center stage. Don and Mikey may be two of the lighter characters but that doesn’t mean they need to be CONSTANTLY roped off in the comic-relief-only zone. The newer show at least knew that they deserved better and featured Mikey as the lead in tons of episodes. He’s a star and I wish the movies would realize that once in a while.

    Fangirl soapboxing over. Yeah live action reboot! So excited!

  8. Stoked for TMNT. Loved the TV-series (the “newer” one that ran from about 2001 – 2007 I think). Hope the Shredder will be in it. TMNT has such great potential… but it is very hard to pull off the CGI characters… I mean, giant turtles? THAT’S CRAZY… BUT CRAZY GOOD.

    TMNT is an awesome ninja franchise and I will ALWAYS be a fan.

    Note to new writers: keep the TV-series in mind… it was always great and IMO it showcased the characters as they always should have been.

    • Shredder has to be in it…seriously you think TMNT you think Shredder. I grew up on TMNT. Fraggle Rock/TMNT was my child hood so im open for any movie of the turtles. My only complaint is the turtles forever movie. they made the 80s turtles look stupid…it wasnt supposed to be serious back than it was supposed to be comedy.

      Pittman-the turtles arent done!!!

  9. Basically any comic/graphic novel adaptation of frank miller I’m gonna see. I also love me some turtles. I remember a rumor about the story starting with Casey jones fighting crime then running into the turtles. That would be genius/awesome.

  10. I really wish that Frank Miller would just go ahead and produce the Daredevil Movie. I would love to see Daredevil done in Sin City style.

    • agreed

      • James Gandolfini IS Kingpin!!! I would pay for the ticket JUST because he would be perfect for the role…

        Chris Pine (I think hes about 5′ 10″-6′, not to sure) or Michael C Hall should be DD…

        And Zachary Quinto as bullseye… he proved he can be crazy and sinister and ruthless as Sylar on Heros…

  11. I am with the majority here in reference to the TMNT movie, until they do the movie based on the Original Comics and not what it became then I am not interested.

    Daredevil is deserving of a hard core approach and no more hollow wanna bes like Jenifer Garner and Colin Ferrell.

    • Daredevil is Marvel’s Nolan’s Batman…..if I make sense of what I just stated. Anywho, Daredevil should be a down and dirty, no apology needed flick. And to be honest an R rating or very envelope pushing PG13. I was unhappy with the little things they missed in the 2003 film, lack of showing his acrobatic abilities thru out the film, Josie’s Bar was too huge like a Sams warehouse, and where was Turk?

      • Just an opinion but almost every comic movie that is rated R has sucked, plus it keeps more that half of their targeted audience from being allowed to see it. PG13 is the way to go.

        • I hear ya, but remember Blade (R) should be applauded for bringing back the comic book movie in the fold when Batman & Robin almost killed it.

          • Yeah, no kidding. The thing with Blade though is that they put effort into making it good. Most comic book movies that are rated R get sloppy graphics and unecessary gore. Most movies that have all of that cheesy gore and slo-mo limb slicing head rolling crap where kool-aid blood squirts out of the cgi open neck wound really makes the movies lose all of their potential in a single swoop

  12. In my opinion, if Marvel wanted to do a serious, character-based superhero trilogy to rival Nolan’s Batman films, it HAS to be Daredevil, particularly adapting stories from the Brian Michael Bendis run. Born Again is definitely a step in the right direction, though.

  13. A bit after the first Daredevil movie came out, there was talk that a sequel with Daredevil against The Kingpin and Mr. Fear might be a possibility. I think this angle would be interesting to pursue.

  14. I’d definitely go see a new DD film. One of the most underrated of Marvel’s characters. I agree that he can be given the “Nolan” treatment and make it a much grittier, darker toned movie. I didn’t HATE the first film, but it left alot to be desired. I thought Duncan as Kingpin was an inspired choice and I had no problem with him. I didn’t think Affleck was cast properly as Matt Murdock. He was OK, but never seemed to be the right guy for the part. Fox needs to find the “Christian Bale” for Daredevil.

  15. This all good news. I am really looking forward to the TMNT reboot taking it back to it’s proper tones. That’s what’s up.

  16. The movie that came out in 2007, was a great movie, but when raph and leo fought I don’t think that was necessary, because in the TV show raph and mikey are always fighting so it would make sense if raph and mikey did something. Also, leo and don have sort of the same personality so it would also make sense if the did something too.

  17. Interesting side note: the first issue of the original TMNT comic series was influenced by and parodied (among other things) Daredevil. Coincidence? I think not!

  18. Michael bay raping our childhood.. taking order of tmnt movie.

    he should remove himself from hollywood and life.

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