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Fox’s Daredevil Getting a Rewrite

Fox has hired David James Kelly to rewrite the script for director David Slade’s Daredevil, Deadline reports. Fringe writer-producer Brad Caleb Kane penned the previous draft, based on Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s acclaimed “Born Again” storyline.

In the influential 1986 arc, Daredevil’s drug-addicted girlfriend Karen Page sells Matt Murdock’s secret identity in exchange for a shot of heroin. The information finds its way to the Kingpin, who begins a six-month crusade to destroy his nemesis, dismantling Murdock’s life — he loses his money, his home and his law license — and pushing the Man Without Fear over the edge.

Development of a follow-up to Fox’s 2003 Daredevil movie had seemingly stalled until March 2011, when Slade, best known for 30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, was announced to direct. He has said the film “will [bear] no relation to the previous Daredevil,” which starred Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell and Michael Clarke, and grossed $179 million worldwide.

In addition to Daredevil, Fox has The Wolverine, the sequel to X-Men: First Class and the promise of more Marvel mutant movies. Studio CEO Tom Rothman also confirmed at CinemaCon that Chronicle director Josh Trank is attached to the Fantastic Four reboot.


  • ZBaksh386

    i think that’s what they were doing since born again feels like a sequel.

    I dont think you need to cut ties completely, just ignore the elektra movie.

    I would only like a dd reboot if it was a tv show.

  • Scott Sanders

    I wish Marvel could wrangle the rights away from Fox.  Then if they went with the Born Again storyline, we could have Cap, Iron Man and Thor make a guest appearance.

  • Coryjameson

    Fantastic Four, X-Men, Wolverine, Daredevil are lost forever to 20th Century Sux

  • 0bsessions

    In fairness to Fox, X-Men: First Class was a surprisingly big step in the right direction. It’s not like they’re TRYING to make bad movies.

    Between the Dark Knight and Marvel’s recent output, the bar for quality in superhero movies has been raised very high and Fox seems to be finally getting the fact that you can’t just attach a big name actor to a comic book property and see it sell (Thanks to critical and sales disappointments from their last few comic films). As they learn that, they’ll either be forced to try to make decent films, make the films at a loss to retain the rights or let the rights default back to Marvel.

    Being that making decent films is really the only profitable option there, Fox will probably work towards that.