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Joe Carnahan’s Daredevil Idea Just ‘Went Up In Smoke’ At Fox

Fox hasn’t had an easy time with its planned follow-up to Daredevil, the 2003 film that starred Ben Affleck as Marvel’s blind superhero. After about three years of inactivity, the project sprang to life last year, when David Slade (30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) signed on to direct an adaptation of the influential “Born Again” storyline by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli.

But then after months of relative silence, broken only by the announcement of a script rewrite, Slade abruptly exited the project in early July because of a scheduling conflict, leaving the studio to scramble to begin production or risk the Daredevil rights reverting back to Marvel. Nestled within that report was news that Fox was in talks with Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces, The Grey) to helm a take on the superhero characterized as a “Frank Miller-esque, hardcore ’70s thriller.”

However, now it appears as if studio executives, who were said just last week to be “high on Carnahan’s take,” may have cooled on the director’s pitch.

“Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids,” Carnahan wrote last night on Twitter. “We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone’s side.”

Fox reportedly has to begin shooting by Oct. 10, or else Marvel can reclaim the film rights to the Man Without Fear.


  • Braunrodman

    I think time is on everyone’s side but this scriptwriter and Fox…

  • Jim Dallas

    either make a good movie or let the ones who know how to do it have it back … if you can’t make money with it, its nobody’s fault but your own FOX!!!!

  • Rockin

    Fox has the worst track record of Marvel movies…with the exception of X-Men 2 (not crazy about 1 and 3 was awful), they were all shitty and I also didn’t like First Class. Daredevil is way better off at Marvel Studios.

  • Rollo Tomassi

    Our worst fear is that Fox will cobble together a Roger Corman style film at the last minute JUST to retain the rights. Then everybody loses. Fox loses money. Marvel loses the chance to get DD back. And the fans just plain ol’ lose.

  • Mdswanson

    Just give it back. And give back FF too whie you are at it. When do those rights revert?

  • edge007

    My god, Carnahan’s idea sounded awesome…

  • daredeville

    Crossing fingers, toes, and eyes that Fox continues to stall and the rights revert back to Marvel… So want to see a Marvel Knights crossover down the line with DD, Dr. Strange, Heroes for Hire…

    Or, y’know… at least a decent DD movie for gosh sakes.

  • Johnny Blaze

    IF it somehow reverts back to Marvel i can TOTALLY see Marvel giving this to Kevin Smith to direct

  • Savonti

     I liked X2 when it was called “God Loves, Man Kills”

  • Lewis4510

    I don’t see how they can put together a movie, with no script, no director, no sets, no cast, and more importantly no clue in less than two months. They may have ultimately decided to put thier efforts into the FF reboot and the next X-men movie and just let these rights lapse.

    Hell even if they did start shooting before Oct 10th what the hell were they going to shoot without a cast? An empty set?

  • Demoncat4

    sadly odds are at the last minute when marvel is about to claim the rights fox will rush and give hte okay to a quick daredevil film. or maybe  this will  time crunch will have fox wind up offering a trade of the silver surfer and galactus yet. though fox should just give up and let the clock run out now daredevil is looking free from fox . one marvel character back to marvel a whole two groups left the ff and xmen to go  and ghost rider

  • Bo

    Marvel should get the rights back and do a  Daredevil  tv series.

  • darthtigris

    Though I don’t see a place for DD in the current MCU as it is (especially with things going more cosmic), but regardless I will feel MUCH BETTER with the rights to the character in their hands.

    Now all we’ll need is FF and the we’ll be ready for MCU Phase 3 …

  • Guydc3

    Born Again, check.  Frank Miller-esque, hardcore ’70s thriller, check. Why is this so hard to get up and running? That all sounds like the perfect DD movie. Heroin addict junkie ex-girlfriend sells hornhead out for an eightball. Intersperse the origin in later. Come on Fox.

  • Guydc3

     I’d agree only if it was an HBO series. The thought of DD on say ABC doesn’t give me much hope for something with depth.

  • slip

    am i the only one that dont like the”Frank Miller-esque”things?i dont want him to revert back to the grim & gritty violence stage again,i prefer his current take in Mark Waid Daredevil

  • slip

    Why?because of the violence?

  • Guydc3

     Yes and because I think you can tackle more serious themes on paid cable than you can on network, beholden to advertisers, television.

  • Brian Ells

    October 10 can’t come soon enough.