David Slade to Direct New Daredevil Movie
03.16.11 by Ryan
A reboot of 20th Century Fox's 2003 Daredevil has been in the works for years, with screenwriter David Scarpa (The Day the Earth Stood Still) hired to write a draft in February of last year. The Ben Affleck-starring original earned $179 million worldwide, a modest success considering its budget, and spawned a spin-off, 2005's Elektra, which bombed at the box office. Affleck eventually admitted that Daredevil "missed a lot".
Fox is in a precarious position with the few Marvel Comics properties they own the rights to: the studio must continue to develop the franchises or else the rights will revert back to Marvel Studios. When Disney purchased Marvel in 2009, reports claimed that Disney was trying to find a way to wrestle Daredevil, Fantastic Four and the X-Men movies away from Fox, and Spider-Man away from Sony. However, as long as both studios continue to develop movies based on the Marvel characters, the studios will continue to hold the rights.
While Scarpa's Daredevil draft may not reach the screen, a movie based on the character created by Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett in 1964 is on the way.
Variety reports that Fox has hired David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight Saga: Eclipse) to direct a new Daredevil movie, which will reportedly be a "continuation of the Daredevil saga". No writer has been hired yet to work with Slade on the project.
Slade had been in contention to direct Fox's upcoming The Wolverine but lost the job to Darren Aronofsky.
For fans of Slade's work with vampires, the director will continue to work in the genre. He's been attached to period vampire movie The Last Voyage of the Demeter since February, with Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace set to co-star. The movie was having trouble securing financing at the time, and there's no word on whether Last Voyage will come before or after Daredevil.