David Slade Says Josh Hartnett is NOT Being Considered for the Daredevil Reboot
06.19.12 by BJSprecher
What do you get when you cross a director's ambiguous reply to a question with fanboy fervor? Headlines that read: "Josh Hartnett to Star in Daredevil Reboot."
It all started when a Twitter user commented that she hopes director David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight Saga: Eclipse) would get back to working on his as-yet-untitled Daredevil reboot and that "maybe" Josh Hartnett could "finally get a Marvel role." Sounds innocent enough, right? But, then Slade replied, "You and me both," and fanboys (and girls) everywhere went crazy, interpreting his response to mean that the director is also hopeful that Hartnett will get his Marvel movie, i.e., the title role in Daredevil. Sure, there's some connection between the two — Hartnett starred in Slade's last comic book adaptation, 30 Days of Night — but the amount of internet speculation generated by Slade's simple, 4-word response, has been beyond ridiculous.
Fortunately, Slade himself took to Twitter today to set the record straight. He had nice things to say about his experience working with his 30 Days of Night star, but said that Hartnett is "not being discussed" for the role.
Here are Slade's first and second tweets about Hartnett:
Yep, nope, Josh Hartnet [sic] is not being discussed or anyone else for DD that was just some wishful thinking, we are not at casting stage.
I had the pleasure of working with Josh on 30 Days, an excellent and under rated actor and a wonderful human being.
Slade then decided he would set the record straight about the rumors that he will shoot the Daredevil reboot in Stereoscopic 3D or have it post-converted to 3D:
More DD debunking I am firmly against shooting in stereo so its unlikely to happen that way, & Fox is rightly against 2D to 3D conversions.
Well, now we know that Hartnett's not in the running to play Daredevil and the movie will most likely not be in 3D, so what do we know? Not much, unfortunately.
The original screenplay was written by Brad Caleb Kane (Brooklyn's Finest), but Fox ended up bringing in neophyte screenwriter David James Kelley to rewrite Kane's script. The plot is supposedly based on the 1986 "Born Again" story written by Frank Miller (300, Sin City) and drawn by David Mazzucchelli that ran in Daredevil #227-#233, which is considered a seminal story arc for the character. The plot of "Born Again" revolvs around the Kingpin's discovery that blind lawyer Matt Murdock is really Daredevil. Instead of just killing Murdock, however, the Kingpin sets in motion an elaborate plan to utterly destroy his life and his reputation. It's unclear how much of the "Born Again" plot will make it into the story, but basing anything on the works of Frank Miller is always a good starting point.