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David Slade Developing Daredevil?
He's in talks to take over the story...

16 March 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Just when you thought things had gone awfully quiet on the Daredevil front, Fox has decided to shove it into the next stage of development, entering talks with Hard Candy/Twilight: Eclipse director David Slade to develop and possibly call the shots on a new film.

The most intriguing element of Variety’s digging on the subject, however, is the fact that Fox appears to be treating it very much like a continuation of the story that started with Mark Steven Johnson’s 2003 film, and yet won’t feature any of the cast or real plot elements from that outing. So it’s not a reboot, but it will essentially start over with a new creative team. Perhaps it’ll end up a little like The Incredible Hulk, which basically kicked off after the events of Ang Lee’s effort, but also went back and retooled a few things here and there from the origin.

Slade’s not officially attached just yet, though we doubt they’d let anything slip if they weren’t sure that he’d lock in a deal. Still, maybe they’re trying to get him to agree… He also clearly has fans at the studio, since he was under serious consideration to direct The Wolverine before Darren Aronofsky got the job. Right now, however, he's busy with both TV pilot REM and Dracula-flavoured horror thriller The Last Voyage of the Demeter, which will likely happen before Daredevil returns.

The next step is finding a writer who can get the script moving and figure out the challenges of continuing Ben Affleck’s story without Ben Affleck. And that’s before they even find a new Matt Murdock. Brace yourself for a whole new slew of casting rumours!


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L: The Hooded Man I don't mind going down The Incredible Hulk route in terms of rough sequel but unlike that film they might want to remember to keep a balance in terms of action and characterisation. he Incredible Hulk isn't a sequel to Ang Lee's Hulk - it was conceived as one and then retooled into a reboot when Marvel took the character back in house, Kevin Feige has stated before that Lee's version was akin to a one-shot whereas the new film was the "real" Hulk, plus the differen More

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With this new incarnation id like to see The Enforcers as the baddies with a story that drips of corruption and extortion in Hells Kitchen. It would be good to see them as individual villains trying to work together but failing until, near the end, Kingpin comes along - having been a hinted at and being a shadowy mystery - and plots ultimate reveange in a sequel. Do all this in a Nolanlike style with a good cast and a good Director and it could be the franchise it should be More

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Didn't like the 2003 version and having seen the Director's Cut I disagree that it fixes anything (miscasting, bad script, bad soundtrack, bland action) - in fact it arguably made a worse cut purely down to "comedy relief" in the form of Coolio. Coolio. However I know a lot of my forum compatriots are big fans so I'm not just trolling - it's all opinion after all. So that said I welcome another go at the character, the only work of Slade's I'm familiar with is 30 Days of Night and I r More

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L: JIm R L: lukeyboy L: JIm R ector's Cut of the first film is epic, really captures the feel and drive of Daredevil, if they had released that version in the cinemas, there would be no need for a re-boot / re-structure (however you wish to define it), the film would have garnenered aenough box office to produce a sequel with Affleck (he did a fine effort IMO) nyhoo, if we are going onwards then if handled correctly could work. Now that Ed Norton is done with The Hulk I More

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John Goodman as Kingpin please. He's shown over years with Coen brothers stuff and The West Wing that he can do drama in his sleep. More

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RE: David Slade Developing Daredevil?
How's this for a crazy idea? Get Affleck to direct. Both Gone Baby Gone and The Town were brilliant. He's obvioulsy a better director than actor (although he's really really good in Hollywoodland) and although it's not his usual genre/style, I genuinely think he would be capable. Just fine someone new to play DD and you're done! More

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RE: David Slade Developing Daredevil?
Good news - Slade did a great job with 30 Days of Night (I actually think it was better than the comic). There's no real need for a reboot movie, like Spider-man, and start over from scratch again because Daredevil has often had storylines which reshape his world. It would be cool to see a movie adaptation of Frank Miller's Born Again series, or even Brian Michael Bendis' through to Ed Brubaker's epic run. Both Story lines see Matt Murdock's world shaken and rebuilt. Expect to see a D More

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L: lukeyboy L: JIm R ector's Cut of the first film is epic, really captures the feel and drive of Daredevil, if they had released that version in the cinemas, there would be no need for a re-boot / re-structure (however you wish to define it), the film would have garnenered aenough box office to produce a sequel with Affleck (he did a fine effort IMO) nyhoo, if we are going onwards then if handled correctly could work. Now that Ed Norton is done with The Hulk I would give him a More

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L: JIm R ector's Cut of the first film is epic, really captures the feel and drive of Daredevil, if they had released that version in the cinemas, there would be no need for a re-boot / re-structure (however you wish to define it), the film would have garnenered aenough box office to produce a sequel with Affleck (he did a fine effort IMO) nyhoo, if we are going onwards then if handled correctly could work. Now that Ed Norton is done with The Hulk I would give him a call and see if h More

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I agree thought Affleck did a decent enough job just the director dropped the ball going too PG13 with it & don't get me started on the costume "BONDAGE PARTY ANYONE!", but Affleck surely knew anyway considering 1 of his best mates Kevin Smith has worked on the character in the comic book. Anyway good choice of Director if he can channel some of his work on Hard Candy into it will be more than happy that said Patrick Wilson would be an interesting choice to play Matt/D.D. And you c More

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ector's Cut of the first film is epic, really captures the feel and drive of Daredevil, if they had released that version in the cinemas, there would be no need for a re-boot / re-structure (however you wish to define it), the film would have garnenered aenough box office to produce a sequel with Affleck (he did a fine effort IMO) nyhoo, if we are going onwards then if handled correctly could work. Now that Ed Norton is done with The Hulk I would give him a call and see if he's interested More

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