‘Daredevil’ Reboot in Trouble as Joe Carnahan’s Pitch Goes “Up in Smoke”
The ‘Daredevil‘ reboot Fox is currently planning is working under a tight time constraint. The studio has until October 10th to greenlight the project before the rights revert back to Marvel Studios. The project seemed to have some life when Fox brought in director Joe Carnahan (‘The Grey’) who had some passion for the material. Sadly, it doesn’t look as if Fox shared that passion.
Fox had earlier had ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ director David Slade in talks to direct but become unhappy with the direction of the film. The studio, who worked with Carnahan on ‘The A-Team,’ was hoping they could quickly develop on last pitch to get a new take on the horned-headed superhero going before they lost the property forever.
But Carnahan took to Twitter last night and explained that his pitch for the project didn’t meet with what Fox has in mind:
Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids.
— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) August 14, 2012
Carnahan added in a subsequent tweet, “We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone’s side.”
This much is very true. It’s strange that Fox is in imminent danger of losing a big Marvel superhero yet is being so finicky about the take. It’s not like ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ lit the world on fire.
So this leaves Fox with less than two months to get their stuff together before ‘Daredevil’ slips out of their hands. And with the skill in which Marvel has been treating their films, this may wind up being the best thing for fans of the character.