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Screenwriter hired for Daredevil movie reboot

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Daredevil

Spider-Man isn’t the only Marvel superhero-movie franchise destined for a reboot. Fox-affiliated New Regency, which produced 2003′s Daredevil, has hired screenwriter David Scarpa to have another go at the Man Without Fear.

The first movie, which starred Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Garner, received mixed reviews at best, grossed about $102 million domestically and spawned the widely panned spin-off Elektra.

Rumors of a Daredevil do-over have circulated since at least 2008, when in the wake of a tepid summer 20th Century Fox reassessed its superhero properties.

By pushing forward with the reboot, the studio bolsters its superhero slate — Fox holds the X-Men and Fantastic Four licenses — and keeps the property in active development, which prevents it from reverting back to Marvel.

Scarpa wrote the screenplays for the 2001 thriller The Last Castle and the 2008 remake of the sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still. The first Daredevil was written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson, who went on to helm Ghost Rider.

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I Just don’t see Fox as a company that cares enough about the properties they are working with to make a solid film. X-Men3 was horrible not because bryan singer wasn’t apart of it but because they had to get the film made by a certain date.

Why don’t they cross the three properties over somehow?

I thought Avi Arad really pushed for the Memorial Day release date for X3. I’m interested in a Daredevil reboot if they have the right actor portraying him. I liked the original good enough (REALLY like the DIrector’s Cut) I just didn’t think Affleck was very good and I didn’t necessarily care for the costume. The story itself was convincing enough for me and if you reboot the franchise do you have to do a new origin/Elektra/Kingpin storyline?

I know it wasn’t that popular among comic fans, but I liked Daredevil (the Director’s Cut).

I thought the theatrical was entertaining, and the Director’s Cut was a much better film. It certainly wasn’t perfect, but I enjoyed it.

Actually, I thought that the Director’s Cut had a fairly good reputation amongst fandom.

I saw the movie in the cinema and had a double palm-to-face moment as soon as the credits started in braille. I’m a big Daredevil fan so despite my lack of enthusiasm about the movie I watch it now and again and in some ways can respect what the director was shooting for.

DD definitely deserves a second chance at the big screen and I have high hopes that they’ll get it right next time. Any word of Jason Statham and Frank Miller’s involvement? They had both shown interest some time ago: http://dailypop.wordpress.com/2008/08/06/here-comes-daredevil/

No interested in seeing another Daredevil movie. He was never a favorite character of mine and the first movie sucked. Why would I risk spending $30 for a night at the movies on a second chance?

I thought the Directors Cut of DD was pretty good and the theatrical was ok. I’d pay to see a re-boot, but I’m just waiting until Disney sends some money (or lawyers) Fox’s way to get the rights to all Marvel properties.

Fox should let Daredevil go.. Disney should step in to create some kind of settlement, where Marvel/Disney gets the production/development rights, but then Fox gets to distribute in some foreign territories, some cable and/or dvd rights, etc.

Never been much into reading the book but I’ve always liked the Daredevil character. I thought they did a decent job with the movie, the main problem being that it wasn’t enough for true fans but didn’t have enough appeal for mainstream either. I hope they do go through with a reboot and I really hope they concentrate on making it more for the fans of the series.

Since Disney has already passed on reclaiming Spider-Man, I doubt that they would want to buy Daredevil.

I wager that Disney sees Fox shilling out lots of money to make a movie featuring a character that Disney now owns as free publicity.

I think mixing the franchises together could be really interesting.
think secret wars on a small scale and you’ve got yourself a flick!

if they do born again i would be interested in another Daredevil film as long as they cast some one new in the tights. besides fox is only doing this to keep the rights from going back to marvel which then means Disney would then have another marvel character to use. and also means fox would lost the money if any from merch. for if Disney gets all the marvel characters fox has the rights too . fox will be cut off completly from the super hero movie money train. and Time Warner would never let Fox play with DC

Personally, I think this is just a ploy so that FOX could keep the rights away from Marvel/Disney. This film will be in development for YEARS, long enough till FOX can’t keep it anymore. I’d be surprised if a movie will get made durning this time, unless a director with enough clout gets involved or Fox sees a reason to push the film for a faster development.

Unlike the Spider-Man series, there’s no real demand for more Daredevil, so a need to get this film made ASAP is not on anyones mind.

DD deserves another flick, sure, but he deserves one made for love, not because they need to keep the licensing rights current. But we can always hope.

DD = David Wenham

Lock it in.

The story needs to use some good villains, not retread the same Elektra saga again. Born Again won’t work as a flick because you need to have that history to tear it down with any meaning, and Nuke on film would be Michael Bay for sure.

I wait, in hope, but I need to be won over. And if I’m not, well they’ll make it anyway, ha.

FOX actually blocked the making of an INHUMANS movie as they were part of their deal on Fantastic Four. It would have been based on the story by Roy Thomas, Jack Kirby and Neal Adams from Amazing Adventures where Black Bolt had lost his memory and is stranded in New York while the other Inhumans look for him. Still possible, just add the FF to it and you’ve got a cool story.

The movie was OK. It was entertaining; it had no real plot but captured the essence of the characters but Affleck couldn’t pull it off. The Director’s Cut is better though. They can just go with a sequel

The Director’s Cut isn’t half bad at all, really. DD’s a great character and could make for a great movie too. I like Affleck fine when he’s in the right role (if you haven’t see Hollywoodland, do so… He was fantastic in that one), but he wasn’t right for DD/Matt Murdock.

I’m not sure who would be right for the part now, but at the time of the original DD movie I kept think Affleck’s buddy Matt Damon would’ve been a far better suited to play the part. Given the number of years that have now passed, and given Affleck’s affiliation, I can’t imagine Damon in the part now.

Daredevil would rock as an ongoing television series with the Kingpin as the overarching villain and Elektra and bullseye introduced at various stages to drive the story forward in a meaningful way.

This is just a half assed ploy to keep the rights current so they won’t revert back to Marvel/Disney. If Disney had’nt bought Marvel they would have let the rights lapse. I don’t see them doing another FF movie either for that same reason.

I’m getting really tired of “reboot” movies. I think they should just move forward with a movie franchise and hope the next one is better if the first one was terrible.

The guy behind “The day the Earth stood still to marvel at how bad Keanu Reeves really is and how poorly a remake can be done despite massive dollars to blow”? That is the guy behind the new Daredvil movie?

My guess is it will star Zac Efron and he will be fighting tanned Ninja Vampires from the Jersey Shore.

Also look for a soundtrack featuring Fergie and Robin Thicke.

Please let this die quickly. Until it is announced that Favreau wants to play Foggy again and Direct I will not get excited about a DD film.

Hasn’t Bendis said that writing a DD movie is his dream job? What excuse would they have for not hiring him?

Wow! After seeing The Spirit, Frank Miller should helm this reboot!
Wouldn’t that be swellikers gang????

Daredevil was a shocking movie. Ben Affleck was his most wooden – guy seriously cannot act. DD did things he simply wouldn’t do – let a villian get dissected by a train?? No way! Character was completely wrong. & um isn’t Matt Murdock trying to keep his secret ID just that a secret? So how does a fight with Elektra in the open in broad daylight help that? Oh look at the blind guy doing all that stuff! Unless the new movie sticks to the true essence of the character & gets a lead who can actually act – just leave it alone.

I loved the first DD movie when it was at the theater and later even more in the director’s cut. One of my favorite super-hero films ever done really. And I did like X3 too. Thought it was much, much better than the first X-Men film that was so totally wrong. Have to say, very skeptical of all these reboots. They are obviously more interested in getting product out there than doing it right. The reason there have been so many good super-hero films up till now is because Marvel had a say in them and moved at the pace to make the best film instead of the studios who just worry about the release date and keeping the cost really low. I seriously doubt that either Spider-Man or Daredevil reboots will capture much of what makes the comics special.

1. It’s all about money. Always. Don’t be surprised that FOX wants to hold onto the rights. It’s in their best interests to try and make money off of DD rather than hand it over due to rights lapsing. It’s NEVER about creativity. It’s always about money.

2. Because of Point #1, we can only hope that the prospect of a DD reboot will bring about people who are actually passionate about the project. It’s kind of like when the Watchmen film was announced. It’s getting made, regardless of what anyone thinks. So enthusiastic fans can only hope someone wants to do the project right. (Not that I’m saying Watchmen was the best film or it was done right, I’m just saying Zack Snyder stepped up as that passionate voice) Unless someone with a lot of financial/creative pull who loves the source material in a very real way steps up and helms the film, the film is in very real danger of sucking.

3. I have never seen the director’s cut of DD, but I am not concerned that it will factor into my opinion of the first film. It was very bad. We all know it. Depravation water chambers that DD doesn’t need if he has sex with Elektra, seesaw battles, Joey Pants as the Italian Ben Urich, all the Crow homages, Daredevil letting people get murdered by trains— BLEH.

SO, because Point #1 has happened already (moneymoneymoney, MONEY!), all we can do as fans of Daredevil the comic character is cross our fingers and hope that a passionate person along the lines of Item #2 steps up and has some pull on the project. But seeing as this is a FOX production, the DD reboot is probably already screwed, which is unfortunate.

I know this isn’t the most popular thing to say at comicbookresource.com, but I’m a bit done with super hero films. I love comics, but I feel like 50% of the ones that get made into movies end up being trash. For every Spiderman, Xmen or Dark Knight we have The Fantastic Four, Punisher, and…well, Daredevil. Of course studios want that big first weeekend box office money but after they don’t care, and don’t know the properties outside of what they read on blogs and such. (which was always my theory with the Schumacher Batman films when Burton left them).

I don’t know, does someone want to set me right here?

“Daily P.O.P.
February 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Since Disney has already passed on reclaiming Spider-Man,”

Uh, no they didn’t. They never had the ability to reclaim Spider-Man.

@Jeff:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ic0baa5eecf1bc595f3e94a2f0516c15c
“Iger also said it would be “just fine” for Disney if Sony keeps making “Spider-Man” movies given that Marvel handles the licensing for them and has a big character library.”

“Ben Affleck was his most wooden – guy seriously cannot act.”

Again, wrong… See Hollywoodland sometime. He was excellent in that movie. I’m not a huge fan of the guy or anything, but he’s done some good work over the years and Hollywoodland’s perhaps his best moment on screen. Given that we’re all comic book fans, I’d think Hollywoodland would be of interest to most people here anyhow.

“I know this isn’t the most popular thing to say at comicbookresource.com, but I’m a bit done with super hero films. I love comics, but I feel like 50% of the ones that get made into movies end up being trash.”

Can’t you say that about ANY kind of film? Comedy, drama, action, science fiction, children’s films, romance, etc? In some cases, the % of stinkers to truly good movies is even higher than that… It probably just stands out more to you since you’re a comics fan, and because most of the comic-based films are big-budget, heavily promoted films that come out either in summer or at the holidays.

“For every Spiderman, Xmen or Dark Knight we have The Fantastic Four, Punisher, and…well, Daredevil”

DD, while not great, was better than what little I’ve seen of any of the Punisher flicks and also certainly better than the FF movies. By a mile. Actually, I’ll take DD over Spidey 3, X-Men 3, Wolverine, or Stuporman Returns any day of the week. The DD Director’s Cut is certainly better than the theatrical version, but I’d even take the theatrical over any of those films I just mentioned. I’d probably take DD over the bloated mess that was Watchmen too.

For good, even excellent, comic movies, I’ll put up both Nolan Bat-movies, Iron Man, V For Vendetta, the first two Spider-Mans, the first two X-Men, The 2008 (Ed Norton) Incredible Hulk movie, and (while deeply flawed) the 1978 Superman: The Movie. I’m cautiously optimisitic about Iron Man 2, Captain America, the Avengers, and (perhaps most of all) Green Lantern. I’m not a Thor fan, so I have no thoughts about that. I just hope it isn’t so goofy that it derails the Avengers.

So take the bad with the good … Just skip the bad when you can. Celebrate films Batman Begins, TDK, and Iron Man when they come out. They’re awesome.

“…don’t know the properties outside of what they read on blogs and such. (which was always my theory with the Schumacher Batman films when Burton left them). ”

I’d argue that was true about Burton too… Have you seen the 1989 Batman recently? That movie was certainly watchable, even enjoyable, in its time but it’s so overrated. That was more about Burton putting his “stamp” on Batman than being true to the character and his roots. It was mostly a vehicle for Jack Nicholson. A few good moments, but not a great movie by any measure. The sequel, Batman Returns, was even worse. Burton cared more about his “freak shows” than making good Batman movies.

I am not sure if I should be excited about this let’s face it the last three reboots Superman Hulk and Punisher were worse then the movies they were supposed be a do overs too.

Dardevil was just BAD and not in a good way Spiderman was fantastic which makes a person ask the question why restart the movie series from scratch .

The only time a rebooting a superhero move has been sucsessful was with Batman. it seemes like Marvel wants to imitate DC. It doesn’t work . theres more to doing a reboot then just saying lets do another series staring spiderman there has to have somthing different if you retell his orgin people will say been there done. that same goes with Dardevil. maybe if they actully followed Born Again it might help but it wil have to be really good in order to please people

good day

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“Can’t you say that about ANY kind of film? Comedy, drama, action, science fiction, children’s films, romance, etc? In some cases, the % of stinkers to truly good movies is even higher than that… It probably just stands out more to you since you’re a comics fan, and because most of the comic-based films are big-budget, heavily promoted films that come out either in summer or at the holidays.”

Well, yea, good point, but it isn’t so much original stories as it is adapted stories. Many of the genres you mention of original screen plays, expect dramas, sci fi, and Children films (which, I think this was an AWESOME year for Sci fi, and Pixar has raised the level for chidlren films, but anyhoo…)I’m talking material that already exists and introducing it to new audiences as something that is different from the comic books. I think we (the comic fans) got lucky with Raimi on Spiderman or Nolan on Dark Knight. Daredevil I didn’t think was that great, yes it was better then Punisher or Spawn or TMNT, any of them, but I felt if was taking Daredevil’s most popular story and making it his origin story instead of working their way up to it in a second film or trilogy like form, because they need to money. Superman, the Richard Donner film, was perfect for back then. It set up the mythology, the characters, had a little of all the genres you mentioned actually in the film, and it had heart. With Burton at least he tried to stay true to the Bob Kane Batman, a flawed film yea, and Prince’s music…really?, but at least better then what was to come. Still, I’ll give props to films like Rocketeer and Iron Man which were much better then what I was expecting.

Also, is “super hero” its own genre? Is it not action or Sci Fi?

How nice it would be to have Marvel/Disney get their hands back on the Spider-Man/X-Men/Daredevil rights. And I disagree. I enjoyed the Incredible Hulk very much and I think that doing a reboot has its pros (Look at Batman Begins and The Dark Knight). The only problem is that I believe FOX rebooting the franchises they started will get us no where. I don’t think they have the vision or the respect for these franchises. Marvel owns the other rights to these characters. They could help make sure these movies appeal greatly.

Gambit39 February 6, 2010 at 11:01 am
“No interested in seeing another Daredevil movie. He was never a favorite character of mine and the first movie sucked. Why would I risk spending $30 for a night at the movies on a second chance?”

$30!!?? Maybe you could go without the $20 of junk food and just watch the movie. Just a suggestion.

@ Philip:
Superman Returns wasn’t a reboot (although that movie is such a convoluted mess that it’s easy to see the confusion there), and I never bothered with the Punisher remake so I can’t really comment there, but Incredible Hulk was about as good of a live action Hulk movie (designed to appeal not just to the fanboys but also the general public) as we could have hoped for. Marvel also isn’t trying to be DC with their reboots. With the exception of the Avengers franchise, Marvel optioned the rights to Daredevil, Spider-man, X-men, ect. meaning that the decision for a reboot is the studios…not Marvel’s.

On another note, I don’t think either the DD movie or the FF movies are as bad as everyone says they are. At least they weren’t X-3 or Ghost Rider.

Make Elektra look more caucasian this time! Fucking morons..

“Also, is “super hero” its own genre? Is it not action or Sci Fi?”

That’s a good point, John… Is “superhero” or “comic book movie” a genre unto itself now? “Comic book” itself isn’t a genre, it’s a medium, but “comic book” could probably be considered it’s own genre for movies. It can certainly fit in with the “action” or “sci fi” genres too… I dunno.

Of course, a comic book movie doesn’t have to be superhero movie either. I neglected earlier to mention other good movies that aren’t with capes and tights: The Road To Perdition, A History of Violence, and American Splendor all come to mind. The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, sadly, not so much.

Oh, and John, thanks for mentioning The Rocketeer! I forgot to mention it when listing what I consider good comic movies… Fun, fun movie that was just a bit ahead of its time and didn’t get the love it deserved. I would like to see Disney do a nice job remastering that one for a souped-up sepcial edition DVD. If they ever do that, I’ll buy it in a heartbeat.

Also, total agreement on the Prince music being yet another reason the 1989 Batman just isn’t that great.

Erm. they’d do well to ADAPT a Frank Miller story, not have him script; anyone remember “The Spirit”?!

Also, anyone know if Disney/Marvel collects any sort of royalties, even if they don’t own the properties of Spiderman et al? If that’s the case, why bother? just sit back and collect the money….!

FOX needs to make the Daredevil franchise into a low-tech, hard parkour and fight franchise.

Parkour (and a decent script, duh) are the path to success for Daredevil.

But their track record does not inspire confidence.

Schnitzey Pretzlepants

February 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

“I Just don’t see Fox as a company that cares enough about the properties they are working with to make a solid film. X-Men3 was horrible not because bryan singer wasn’t apart of it but because they had to get the film made by a certain date”

Oh, my friend as someone who worked crew on X3, and X2 in Vancouver, I can tell assure you that Bryan Singer’s absence may not have made X3 horrible, but Ratner’s PRESENCE sure as hell did. I’ve been working in film, in Vancouver for almost 15 years this June, and I can tell you that he was a pampered little f*ck up who, when he wasn’t trying to bang everything that moved, or stealing – YES, stealing – loaner cars and driving them while pretty impaired, he was wasting the time of make up for a stupid joke – getting them to make him up to look like Wolverine.

On at least 4 occasions we, the crew, were left standing around – ready to shoot – wondering where the hell he was. One one such occasion it involved the car theft mentioned above.

You wonder why it was so bad – and I agree – those of us involved thought it a miracle that the film was ever finished.

I think Tyler Labine could be a good Foggy

Damien Lewis for Matt Murdock.

The ONLY way to watch Mark Idiot Johnson’s DD is the Director’s Cut. It”s still not great, but the story at least makes sense – whoever thought the Kingpin’s arrest at the end of the theatrical cut was properly explained is a fool.

“Make Elektra look more caucasian this time! Fucking morons..”

Wait — What?

If they had went with Guy Pearce (really, the only and best choice for the character) the first time round, and used a better director (sorry MSJ- you cater to the worst common denominator in your flicks), and if they had a better female lead than Jennifer Garner, and if …. Ah, screw it.

“Daily P.O.P.
February 7, 2010 at 7:51 am

@Jeff:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ic0baa5eecf1bc595f3e94a2f0516c15c
“Iger also said it would be “just fine” for Disney if Sony keeps making “Spider-Man” movies given that Marvel handles the licensing for them and has a big character library.”

Just to clarify since Daily P.O.P is misrepresenting the situation. Disney never ‘passed’ on Spider-Man as you posted and the comments by Iger you take out of context. They have never had the opportunity to ‘pass’ on the property since the rights to exploit the character in different media have not been available to them yet.

Iger’s comments were directed to questions regarding the state of the movie industry and advertising revenue and how studios are balancing revenues and expanding at the same time. Iger commented on expanded the Marvel brand by focusing on other characters as well. Obviously Disney would love to have the licensed characters back under their primary control but are happy with any development- like TV or films- because they make money via the licensing such as toys etc based on those projects. It’s easy money for Disney; just sit back and collect.

There was no passing on the characters, especially Spider-Man the corporate identity character. To do so would be the stupidest of business decisions.

Correction on my earlier statement.

Rumor is that Disney wants all of Marvel’s properties, including Daredevil and Spider-Man: http://www.examiner.com/x-31555-Montreal-Comic-Books-Examiner~y2010m2d2-Disney-looking-to-get-all-Marvel-film-rights-Patrick-Stewart-might-not-return-as-Professor-X

So, expect to see lots more last-minute reboots from Fox, Sony and whoever owns the Punisher.

How are they going to shoehorn it into a high school setting and slash the budget in half?

Again the statement that Disney wants all the properties back should not shock anyone- they just spent $4+ billion on them. The article linked in Daily P.O.P’s post above here just states the obvious– that once the options run out on the properties they are not going to license the characters out to other studios again.

However they really can’t do anything until those options expire. The only deal that has any wiggle room is the distribution deal Marvel Studios has with Paramount for their films- IM, Thor, Cap and Avengers. It might come to a shared distribution deal for the last two because principal production has not begun on those yet.

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