Hey guys! I know, it’s been a long time since you heard from me, despite all that’s happened on the movie front (the subject of this post), along with the Daredevil Annual that came out last week (read it, will review it later in the week), and the latest issue of Daredevil which came out today (read that too, will post a review tomorrow). I’ve been out of town for nearly three weeks and I always seem to overestimate how much free time I’ll have while traveling – and underestimate the access to reliable Internet access… Either way, it’s good to be back!
The future of the Daredevil movie that was in development at 20th Century Fox has probably been the most talked about Daredevil-related news item of the last few weeks, and it’s been a rather dramatic development too. I guess it all began with director David Slade bowing out due to scheduling conflicts (even though the lack of any real news about the project had started to concern me much earlier), which was followed by much speculation about whether Fox would have the time necessary to get the wheels turning (i.e. start shooting the actual movie) before running out of time. According to the more recent reports, mid-October appears to be the specific deadline we’re talking about. If Fox can’t get their ducks in a row by then, the movie rights to the character will be returned to Marvel and, let’s face it, two months is an awfully short time to take a project that was still seemingly in its infancy to a point where you can start filming.
However, that didn’t stop there from being reports of Fox bargaining with Marvel for an extension (was Marvel willing to give up Daredevil for Galactus?). While this was being discussed, it was also revealed that Fox was in talks with a new potential director in Joe Carnahan. The latest twist came when Carnahan decided to post the “sizzle real” (a term I will freely admit I’d never heard before) he’d presented to Fox, after it appeared that the movie wasn’t going to happen.
So, what’s my take on all of this? Honestly, Daredevil going back to Marvel is a dream come true. I’ve liked all of the movies Marvel have made thus far and am convinced the could make a good Daredevil movie or – dare we dream? – a live action TV show. I don’t even care that this may not happen for another five years (or longer). I’m also relieved that we probably won’t see Carnahan’s vision realized. Don’t get me wrong, it does have a really cool vibe to it, and makes no attempt to be family friendly (a Daredevil movie should have an older teen/adult audience in mind) but the idea of having it set in the early 70′s makes the concept much less palatable to me, personally. What do you guys think?
That’s it for now, please chime in with your comments and I’ll be back at the keyboard shortly!