‘Daredevil’ movie rights reverting back to Marvel

Fans have been clamoring for some time now for Marvel to get some of their properties back from various studios with the success of The Avengers to bring these characters into the Marvel movie universe. It now appears one such hero will be coming home to Marvel without the studio even having to open its wallet.

After a series of tweets from director Joe Carnahan, it appears Fox will no longer be developing its reboot of the Daredevil movie series. With that, the timeframe on the rights will have lapsed and the property will now go back into the hands of Marvel and Disney who would have the option to introduce the Man Without Fear into their current cinematic universe alongside their main heroes of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and so forth.

The director also made comments on a recent radio appearance on how he wanted to pattern the film after Frank Miller’s “Born Again” storyline.

“I was brought in pretty late in the game, and my take probably didn’t help matters since they had an existing script. But I just thought that if you were going to do it, this was the way to go. This is the way that intrigued me…It was initially something I passed on because Christopher Nolan had done such a lovely job with Batman and unless you’re going to go after that trilogy, then that’s how you have to think. You can’t out-hurdle that, then what’s the point of trying? So it set the bar extraordinarily high, and I thought ‘Well, if we’re going to do this, let’s have a discussion about Hell’s Kitchen, and how it was really Hell’s Kitchen in the 70s,” so that got me really excited. But as I mentioned, the clock ticking and this kind of October drop-dead date, it wasn’t tenable. And having gone down this road in the past when you’re trying to write something and shoot it at the same time is disastrous, and I think you’d need an adequate amount of time to put that script together in the right way. My brother [Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom)] was interested in writing it with me, so we’ll see.”

“As I’m finishing my kind of reimagining of Death Wish, I think the 70s is figuring into my conscious and subconscious mind right now. I think it was the last time music and movies were just tremendous. We just cranked out some great stuff. I think that’s why the sizzle reel is able to be kind of abstract because people have such great fondness in their hearts for that decade, particularly the early part of that decade. I’m excited; you know the idea of having Daredevil on top of a building somewhere with the Serpico marquee in the background was enough, that image was enough, for me to want to make the movie.”

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