Just a week ago discussions about a Daredevil reboot were re-ignited, inspired in part by Xavier Gens’ forgotten vision for the film. 20th Century Fox initiated development of said reboot about a year ago, and has now targeted a director to oversee the project – but it’s not that of Mr. Gens.

David Slade is reportedly the fellow Fox officials want to re-imagine “The Man Without Fear” on the big screen, but an official deal with the 30 Days of Night filmmaker has yet to be secured.

Coming Soon has confirmed that Slade is being eyed to helm the Daredevil reboot, which Fox has to get into production soon before the film rights revert to Marvel Studios and its owner, Walt Disney Pictures. David Scarpa (The Day the Earth Stood Still) has been commissioned to script the new cinematic take on the titular character, who was previously brought to life (Evanescence pun not intended) by Ben Affleck – under the direction of writer/director Mark Steven Johnson.

Daredevil joins Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance as the second upcoming reboot of a comic book movie franchise originally set in motion by Johnson. Chances are good that Fox will follow in the footsteps of both the new Ghost Rider pic and Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man reboot – by not only making the new Daredevil a lower-budgeted production, but also announcing its intention to deliver a grittier and more authentic take on the source material.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck in ‘Daredevil’.

Comic book author Antony Johnston has spoken out in the past about how exactly the new Daredevil can distinguish itself from the critically-derided but moderate box office success that was the 2003 film with Affleck, saying:

“I think it (the reboot) just needs to take itself more seriously, and quit goofing around. I took my girlfriend to see the first movie on opening night, and the combination of bad CGI and nonsensical story had me cringing in my seat. The performances really weren’t bad — even Affleck was pretty good, I thought — but in 2003, producers still believed a superhero movie had to have its tongue at least half-planted in its cheek. The success of the first Spider-Man movie didn’t help matters in that regard. But that attitude just doesn’t serve a character like [Daredevil], especially when you’re ostensibly trying to tell a serious story.”

Johnson’s original film certainly did suffer from incongruous tonal shifts – throwing in blatant comic relief bits with Jon Favreau in a story that saw Matt Murdock/Daredevil brutally fighting serial rapists and professional assassins – and was often just kind of a dark and dreary mess. If nothing else, a reboot by the likes of Slade could be much more focused and action-driven.

Kristen Stewart with Slade on the set of 'Eclipse'.

Slade was most recently responsible for helming Eclipse, which most moviegoers seem to agree is by far the best entry in the Twilight Saga yet released (yes, that’s not saying much). He made his feature debut back in 2005 with Hard Candy, which was a low-budget but very effective horror-thriller that, as it were, also revolved around a morally ambiguous vigilante who dresses in red. Chances are good though that whoever is cast as the new incarnation of Daredevil will be more physically intimidating than that of Hard Candy‘s Ellen Page.

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Source: Coming Soon