The guys over at IESB were recently chatting with 20th Century Fox co-chairman, Tim Rothman, and got him to open up about the Daredevil reboot, a project which was proposed earlier this year at Comic Con by Sin City creator Frank Miller and British action star Jason Statham.
According to Rothman, Miller and Statham weren't just doing some out-loud wishful thinking: a Daredevil reboot is something Fox would definitely be interested in--so long as they could snag a director who would be able to do for the Man Without Fear what Chris Nolan did for Batman Begins.
Check out a few snippets from the interview with Rothman:
IESB: One of the brands that has made Fox a lot of money is Marvel. Recently, there was a reboot of the Hulk, which was alright, but I think it was mainly to get it ready for the Avengers film coming up. But there are two Marvel properties you control amongst others, Daredevil and Elektra. Both films didn't do too well but...reboot maybe?
Tom Rothman: A Daredevil, to use your words, reboot, is something we are thinking very seriously about.
TR: ...I think that the thing the Hulk showed...that if you really do it right the audience will give you a second chance. That it is possible. And I think that you see that when they did Batman Begins, the first Nolan movie...given the proper amount of time and the right creative vision behind it, you can, to use your word, reboot.
Little surprise that 20th Century Fox would want to re-squeeze every penny out of something they already own and ruined once. Hell, if there's money yet to be made, why NOT ruin something twice?
What is funny to me, however, is a later statement Rothman gave when asked whether the Daredevil reboot would mirror the gritty tone of a movie like The Dark Knight:
"Would it be as dark? I don't know because what it really needs is, it needs a visionary at the level that Chris Nolan was. It needs someone, it needs a director, honestly, who has a genuine vision. What we wouldn't do is just do it for the sake of doing it. Right? What we try to do is to get a creative engine for it, that really had a great vision for it, that's what we would look for."
Wow, at least Tommy-boy has that part finally figured out: snagging a good director and letting him do his thing = good $uperhero franchise. Brilliant!
(Studio Executives, for further instruction on how to properly make a superhero movie, please refer to Jon Favreau's insightful comments about making Iron Man 2.)
In the meantime, are there any directors of "genuine vision" out there looking to take a crack at this Daredevil reboot?
Wayne Kramer, even?
Please guys, if you're out there, I really am jonseing for a Daredevil movie done right.
(Thanks to IESB for snagging that great interview!)