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Daredevil Rights back to Marvel

Marvel is ready for relaunch

By Robert T. Trate     August 14, 2012
Source: Entertainment Weekly

Daredevil, known as “the man without fear,” may also soon be “the man without a movie.”
Joe Carnahan, director of The Grey, The A-Team, and Narc, had been planning to do a gritty reboot of the blind Marvel Comics character, who uses his heightened other senses to battle criminals. But there’s a ticking clock that may have effectively run out already.

20th Century Fox owns the film license for the character, following the 2003 Ben Affleck/Jennifer Garner movie, but the studio would have to get a new Daredevil project underway by October in order to keep those rights. Otherwise, they have been fallow so long they revert back to Marvel Studios.

Last night, Carnahan announced some bad news for his project — though it is likely good news for Marvel, which has been keen to reclaim rights to characters it licensed before becoming a thriving studio in its own right.

Carnahan is a relatively recent addition to Daredevil after 30 Days of Night filmmaker David Slade dropped off the project in July. But it doesn’t seem like his concept has much of a future. “Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids,” Carnahan tweeted from his @CarnoJoe handle on Monday evening. “We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone’s side.”

Variety reported last week that Fox and Marvel were discussing a potential trade that would allow Daredevil to get a deadline extension if Marvel could reclaim the villain Galactus and the hero Silver Surfer from the studio’s other licensing deals with the comic company. Both are a part of the Fantastic Four package held by Fox, which is developing a relaunch with Chronicle filmmaker Josh Trank. So that conversation didn’t go very far.

Fox also holds rights to Marvel’s mutant world through X-Men, while Sony owns the film rights to Spider-Man. Most of the other rights, however, remain with Marvel Studios, which has been aggressive about bringing its shelf of characters to the screen, and having them crossover into each others films, à la The Avengers.

Fox did not immediately have a comment on Carnahan’s pessimistic assessment or an update on where the project now stands. But those who love Daredevil may take heart — even if this film falls through, Marvel could very well get its own “man without fear” movie going. It just may take a few more years.



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lusiphur 8/14/2012 11:08:07 AM

 I think a Daredevil TV series would work really well.  You could throw in "street level" heroes, like Power Man, Iron Fist, Daughters of the Dragon, Black Widow, Punisher, (maybe a cameo by) Spider-Man, Doctor Strange,Captain America, Falcon ... OK, everybody in the Marvel Universe could, theoretically show up.

mharsha 8/14/2012 11:12:36 AM

Yes. In a perfect universe, Marvel would get back all the movie rights to all their characters.

hanso 8/14/2012 11:14:55 AM

 Maybe Carnahan can do his thing over at Marvel.  I'd like to see what he had in mind.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 8/14/2012 11:14:59 AM

Sweet. But I hope they keep it out of the Avenger's universe. Daredevil needs to be dark and gritty. He needs to be in the Marvel Knights Universe or section.   Him and Heroes for Hire and Moon Knight.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 8/14/2012 11:16:35 AM

Or a series on FX would be great but with Powers I don't know if they'd want another superhero show.  That's the reason they turned Breaking Bad down - they had too many anti-hero shows at the time and didn't want to be know as the anti-hero network. The head does regret it though but he says everybody makes bad calls.

shac2846 8/14/2012 12:24:19 PM

I was thinking the same thing Hanso, I want to know what Carnahan's take on horn head was. 

tallman 8/14/2012 12:28:42 PM

 So, the headline should read "Daredevil nearly back to Marvel" perhaps?

jedibanner 8/14/2012 12:31:56 PM


With time, all will come back to Marvel...patience.

monkeyfoot 8/14/2012 12:44:40 PM

TV series goshdagnabit!

More than most of the other Marvel characters DD works great for a FX, TNT, or AMC action/law drama show. It fits with the gritty style of current "male-oriented" dramas like Justified, Longmire, or Breaking Bad. As TV it wouldn't require a big name stars to head it, so there is little chance of upsetting casting for Murdock, Electra, or Kingpin. The budget would be less than something requiring lots of FX. It would not be required to have a big B.O. opening, just good cable ratings. And unlike movies which have to be self-contained, it will be able to have the continuing storylines we are familiar with in comics.

redvector 8/14/2012 12:48:59 PM

I don't see how they can put together a movie, with no script, no director, no sets, no cast, and more importantly no clue in less than two months. They may have ultimately decided to put thier efforts into the FF reboot and the next X-men movie and just let these rights lapse.

Hell even if they did start shooting before Oct 10th what the hell were they going to shoot without a cast? An empty set?

But I think that Carnahan's take was so bad that even Fox passed on it.


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