Daredevil Reboot Based on Frank Miller Story Moving Forward with New Writer
04.29.12 by BJSprecher
Frank Miller has long been considered a visionary in the comic book world, but his contributions to cinema are nearly as impressive. Sure, Miller's attempt to bring Will Eisner's The Spirit to the big screen was a colossal failure, but when future Oscar-nominee Darren Aronofsky was hired by Warner Bros. to resurrect its Batman franchise following the Batman & Robin debacle, Aronofsky turned to Miller and his Batman: Year One mini-series for guidance. And, the big screen adaptations of Miller's 300 and Sin City comic books were both visually stunning and commercially successful movies capable of supporting sequels — 300: Battle of Artemisia and
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For are both currently in development, with the latter lensing this summer.
Fox is also looking to one of Miller's classic Daredevil stories for its untitled Daredevil reboot, which has been dormant since Brad Caleb Kane (Brooklyn's Finest) was hired to write the screenplay last June. Fox CEO Tom Rothman confirmed last week that the reboot was still in development and now we've learned that Fox has hired David James Kelley to rewrite Kane's script.
David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight Saga: Eclipse) will direct the reboot, which will be based on the 1986 "Born Again" story written by Miller and drawn by David Mazzucchelli that ran in Daredevil #227-#233. Voted the eleventh greatest Marvel Comics story of all time, the story arc forever changed the status quo of the Daredevil series and reinforced the necessity of a crimefighter maintaining a secret identify. When the Kingpin discovers that blind lawyer Matt Murdock is Daredevil, he spends months systematically attacking him, using his influence to have Murdock's assets seized and his reputation tarnished before firebombing his house and hiring a psyochotic mental patient to dress up like Daredevil and frame the superhero for murder.
It's never been revealed how closely Kane's script would follow "Born Again." Certain elements of Miller's story had to be discarded outright — such as the appearance of Captain America and other characters that Fox does not control the rights to adapt — but, based on the popularity of the story arc and the box office success of other movies based on Miller's stories, Fox would be wise to instruct Kelley to borrow as much from "Born Again" as possible.