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DAREDEVIL: David Slade directing Superhero reboot for 20th Century Fox

David Slade, Daredevil

David Slade will be directing the reboot of Daredevil for 20th Century Fox. The move toward getting the Daredevil production up and running now rather than later is because “Fox retained “Daredevil” rights by keeping the project in development over the years; had it not, rights would’ve reverted to Marvel Studios, which Disney acquired for $4 billion in 2009. Same goes for ‘Fantastic Four,’ for which Fox is eyeing new installments.” What is very interesting about this Daredevil film development is that “people close to the project say it’s not a reboot per se — more a continuation of the “Daredevil” saga. So will Kingpin still be in prison and be played by Michael Clarke Duncan? What about Bullseye (Colin Farrell)?

Regarding David Slade’s (repped by WME and Anonymous Content) directing resume

Slade most recently directed “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which earned $698 million at the worldwide box office. His credits also include Sony’s “30 Days of Night” and Lionsgate’s “Hard Candy.”

Since most regard The Twilight Saga: Eclipse as the best in The Twilight Saga series – structure and action-wise – and baring in mind the quality of Hard Candy (written about here: Hard Candy Film Review), its easy to see why 20th Century Fox wanted David Slade to helm its potential franchise starter.

The screenplay writer for the new Daredevil film seems still up in the air.

David Scarpa, writer of The Last Castle and Fox’s The Day the Earth Stood Still, was reportedly hired to write a script last year…

Variety exclusively broke the news, and though Scarpa was reportedly hired in February 2010 to work on a script, The Hollywood Reporter says no writer has been attached.

For those unaware of Daredevil, he was created

by Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett in 1964, Matt Murdock is a New York City lawyer who, after being blinded by radioactive material, finds his other senses heightened to superhuman levels and becomes Daredevil — the “man without fear.”

I remember Jason Statham expressing interest in the reboot Murdock role about three years ago. What do you think about him playing Daredevil? I wish they had released the majority of the Director’s Cut of Daredevil (written about here: Daredevil: The Director’s Cut (Blu-ray) ) in theaters instead of the censored PG-13 version. Have you seen that version of Daredevil? What do you think of the reboot and David Slade directing it?

Source: Slashfilm, Variety


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