When we reported earlier today that Joe Carnahan's attempt to reboot 'Daredevil' was rejected, it seemed likely that the property -- which was controlled by 20th Century Fox -- would fall back into the hands of Marvel. With so little time left on the clock, that's exactly what's happening.
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.
Things get a little tricky when some of your characters belong to another studio -- such is the case with Marvel Studios and Fox. Fox wants Joe Carnahan on the 'Daredevil' reboot, but those rights are going to run out soon. Solution: Fox and Marvel are discussing a trade that would give Silver Surfer and Galactus back to Marvel in exchange for more time with the blind superhero.
'The Amazing Spider-Man' has cleared $150 Million domestically and $350 worldwide, which means that studios can feel safe about rebooting their superhero films. And with 'The Avengers' and Spidey kicking box office butt, Fox is looking to move forward on rebooting 'Fantastic Four' and 'Daredevil.'
Previous to becoming their own studio, the way Marvel Comics negotiated their deals was that you had to keep a project going in order to retain the rights to sequels, etc. Which explains why Columbia Pictures has rebooted 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and why Fox is trying to hold on to The Fantastic Four and Daredevil. So now Fox has got David Slade and a writer attached to a 'Daredevil' reboot.