Daredevil Reboot Gets Screenwriter
06.08.11 by Ryan
At the end of last month, director David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight Saga: Eclipse) teased that he would have some "official news" about the new Daredevil movie he agreed to direct for 20th Century Fox in March. That news finally has been announced.
THR reports that Fringe writer-producer and Brooklyn's Finest screenwriter Brad Caleb Kane has been hired to write the script for the reboot, which will be based on one of the darker storylines from Marvel's Daredevil comic books series: writer Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s acclaimed 1986 storyline "Daredevil: Born Again." The story arc sees the Kingpin discover Daredevil's true identity, Matt Murdock, and slowly ruins his life by freezing his assets, bombing his house, getting him disbarred from his law practice and sending Daredevil into a complete downward spiral. Slade confirmed the report on his Twitter page.
Yes Brad and I are meeting daily to work on the script, and yes "Born Again" is our main source material with all its grittiness.
Miller's work on the Daredevil comic book introduced some of the character's most popular storylines, including the introduction and subsequent death of Elektra, a story that was pretty much botched in the 2003 adaptation that starred Ben Affleck in the title role. Despite the movie's negative reception, it nevertheless spawned the 2005 spin-off Elektra, which was perceived as being even worse than the 2003 Daredevil movie.
Basing the Daredevil reboot on the "Born Again" storyline is certainly an ambitious idea, and one that confirms Slade's previous claim that his Daredevil movie will bear no relation to the previous one. According to the THR report, Kane is a big Daredevil fan, which should please some of the comic book fans.
No production start for the movie has been announced yet.