Daredevil Reboot Could Get The A-Team's Joe Carnahan as Director
08.07.12 by Ryan
There's only a couple months left for Twentieth Century Fox to start shooting their Daredevil reboot, which took a step back when director David Slade dropped out last month due to his commitment to helming the pilot for the upcoming NBC series Hannibal. Fox has until October to put a movie into place or the rights will revert back to Marvel Studios and parent company Disney, but it looks like Fox may have a plan that could keep the blind superhero at the studio.
According to Variety, Fox is in discussions with director Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) to take over the reboot, which will be based on comic book writer and artist Frank Miller's 1986 "Born Again" story arc, written by Miller and drawn by David Mazzucchelli and is described as "a hardcore '70s thriller" take on the Marvel superhero. Carnahan doesn't have an official offer, but the report claims Fox wants him to direct.
Whether Carnahan joins or not, Fox will need an extension from its Oct.10 rights deadline, and, while Marvel may be willing to grant it, it will come at some cost. Reportedly, Marvel wants the rights to the world-devouring supervillain Galactus and the Silver Surfer, both of whom were used by Fox in the 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer. Fox is also working on a Fantastic Four reboot, hiring Chronicle director Josh Trank to take over just as Slade exited Daredevil. Whether Trank is looking to use the characters in the reboot is unknown.
Talks are expected to resume later this week, with the decision reportedly resting on Fox's shoulders. However, according to Deadline and their Fox sources, no character swap has been discussed, and Fox would rather keep their Fantastic Four characters even if it means giving up Daredevil. Instead, the talks are engaged in the option that would see Marvel and Disney co-finance Daredevil with Fox. It would seem more likely that Disney and Marvel would rather get back the Daredevil rights entirely, but with a slate that's already booked through 2014, it would be a chance for Marvel to co-own their character while still working on the "Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two."