David Slade Talks ‘Daredevil’ Reboot, ‘Deadpool’ & ‘Wolverine’ Rumors

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

There’s something amusing about how David Slade’s decision to helm the third film in the Twilight series, Eclipse, ultimately (in part) led him to snag the job of rebooting Daredevil for Fox – as well as being rumored as a contender to helm not only Deadpool, but also The Wolverine, now that Darren Aronofsky has stepped down.

Plot and casting rumors for the new Daredevil pic have popped up recently, and many a fan is already speculating that Slade could replace Aronofsky on Wolverine 2. It’s appropriate, then, that the 30 Days of Night filmmaker has spoken out – or, rather, tweeted – and provided some perspective on these matters.

Slade started off by offering the following (via Twitter) with respect to his Daredevil reboot:

So without breaking confidentiality, yes Daredevil, we have a great outline for a very strong character-driven take on Mr Matt Murdock. It will bare no relation to the previous Daredevil movie in any way.

We are at early planning stages and have not yet discussed any cast.

Early rumors about stars like Robert Pattinson or Garret Hedlund already being “serious” contenders to play the titular blind warrior in Slade’s Daredevil were quite clearly pure fluff and nothing more. That’s not to say either fellow isn’t being eyed as a prospective Matt Murdock behind the scenes (or that the reboot won’t feature a younger incarnation of the character), but their involvement is not all that likely at this stage.

As for speculation that the Daredevil reboot could be based on Frank Miller’s “Born Again” story arc – it’s still possible, though unlikely, if Slade ends up fashioning the film as an origin tale.

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The most recent word on the Deadpool movie came from would-be star Ryan Reynolds, who insists that the project is still alive. Slade’s never been pegged as a legitimate contender to replace Robert Rodriguez as director on the film, but he still dropped the following tidbit about the whole matter:

Love DEADPOOL, was never engaged in the (quite fantastic) script, last I heard studio was looking at comedy directors. None of my business.

Slade was apparently a serious contender to helm the Wolverine sequel – so much so that Fox reportedly narrowed the field down to either Slade or Aronofsky before they selected the latter for the job. Now that the director’s chair is vacant again, has the former been approached once more?

If he has, then Slade is keeping his mouth shut on the matter:

WOLVERINE, there have been no discussions about this project to date. Interesting to see what will happen with that as the excellent script by Chris McQuarrie was set largely in Japan.

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Since Slade is fully immersing himself in the development of the Daredevil reboot, and still has plans to make The Last Voyage of Demeter (a.k.a. Dracula retold) in the future, it seems unlikely that the filmmaker will be recruited to replace Aronofsky on the new Wolverine movie.

On the other hand – Slade demonstrated with Eclipse that he’s capable of not only working fast and efficiently on a franchise tentpole pic, but capable of doing it well. Depending on whether or not Fox still wants Wolverine 2 in theaters next year, fast and efficient is exactly the type of director they’ll need. But will anything really be as good as what Aronofsky brought to the table?

Look to hear more about the Daredevil reboot and a new director signing on for The Wolverine (and hopefully Deadpool as well) in the near future.

Source: David Slade

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  1. Anyone who has helmed a Twilight film does not inspire confidence in me, although I hope that I am proved wrong. If Pattinson is cast as Matt Murdock I will NOT be seeing the Daredevil reboot. I still think Ryan McPartlin from Chuck would be perfect as Matt. I’m also not totally against him taking over the new Wolverine film, although I REALLY don’t want to see a sparkling Hugh Jackman…

    • David Slade directed 30 days of night, an extremely bloody film before Eclipse.

    • Talk about cynical. Slade did a wonderful job with 30 Days of Night, and that’s enough to inspire confidence in me at least. Writting a person off just b/c they directed a Twilight movie is just weak, but to each their own I guess. IMO, Pattinson has already proved himself as a good actor with The Goblet of Fire, but he’s already dissmissed the Daredevil rumor himself.

      As for Deadpool, I think Edgar Wright should direct it since they’re apparently looking for comedy directors. Wright knocked it out of the park with Scott Pilgrim, and he could do the same with Deadpool.

      • If Wright wasn’t already pretty much set to direct Ant-Man, I’d definitely recommend him for Deadpool, myself.

        • That’s an awesome suggestion, he is perfect for a Deadpool movie.

  2. its just nice to know the daredevil reboot isnt SO far away like it seemed

  3. The sad thing is that if the film gets done, then it will take longer for the film rights to revert back to Marvel :( (Sigh…)

  4. i dont mind that he’s done a Twilight movie. All directors have their ups and downs. All things considered, there are much worse directors this couldve gone to.

    I dont think he needs to do Wolverine 2. But who ever they do get should be good, the last movie sucked.

    Todd Philips to direct the Deadpool movie?

  5. I have never seen Robert Pattinson in a film. From trailers he always looks ridiculous and seems like he cannot act. Maybe because of his crazy hair styles and how it always seems that he directs his endeavours to a subset of young female fans. So no Robert Pattinson for Daredevil. Anyway, they need to pick someone who is taller and more masculine.

    As for Deadpool, I just don’t like the idea of reusing actors who have already put on the mask of one superhero/villian, to take on the identity of another. Yes, Ryan Reynolds was Deadpool in Wolverine Origins, but he is now identified as Green Lantern. Furthermore, from the GL trailer, GL and Deadpool seem similarly comedic and outlandish, albiet Deadpool is more quirky. So with the same face, the characterization of Deadpool vs GL may be lost in translation. Anyways, this is not as bad as Chris Evans playing two characters from the same Marvel universe.

    • Deadpool always wears a mask, man… And if they even do show his face at all it will be messed up and virtually unrecognizable like it was at the end of Origins… Unless you have a problem with hearing the same voice in both movies, but you won’t notice that it’s the same actor because of his face… But that’s your own opinion and you are entitled to it. 😛

    • I was always against seeing anything with Pattinson in it because of his Twilight stuff, but then I saw the move “Remember Me” and he was awesome in that.

      You have to remember that an actor is only as good as his script and his director. Some can rise above, but usually that isn’t the case.

  6. David Slade= The next Fox studios lapdog hack!

  7. Yeah, but probably only because of the money…

  8. I’d really rather see DD go back to Marvel.

  9. I can’t wait for these movies to come out,especially DP and W2. Maybe I’ll finally get to see them do Wolverine go berserk and the classic struggle with the Silver Samurai. I can’t wait to see Ryan Reynolds reprise his role as the Merc with a Mouth and hopefully he’ll break the fourth wall. As for RP playing DD I certainly hope it’s a rumor, although he did well in Remember Me I’m not sure he has what it takes to play Matt Murdock, though I have been surprised before especially with Heath Ledger’s Joker as I’m pretty sure most fanboys were. For now I’ll be keeping my ear to the ground with these three projects

  10. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Do NOT cast Robert Pattinson!!! Look at what Matt is supposed to be; tall, lanky, lithe, gymnastic, strawberry blondeish. None of the discussed actors (or the awful casting of Ben Afflick in the first movie) fit that description. Think outside the “big name” box and cast Neil Jackson. He has the basic looks, the stunt and fighting experience, and could even carry off alot of the gymnastic aspects that were missing from the first atrocity. Do not do Matt a disservice again!!!