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. david slade to direct >> Posted 03.16.11 by Ryan