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Daredevil Will Be Written Again
David James Kelly drafting new script

30 April 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

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Daredevil Will Be Written Again

Fox has been quietly developing a new Daredevil film for a couple of years now. 30 Days Of Night and Twilight: Eclipse director David Slade has been attached since last spring, and there have been screenplays by David Scarpa (The Day The Earth Stood Still) and Brad Caleb Kane (Brooklyn's Finest). Now though, there's word of yet another draft, this time by David James Kelly.

The plan is still to adapt the Frank Miller saga Born Again, first published in Daredevil issues 227-233, in 1986. The story sees Matt Murdock outed as Daredevil by former secretary Karen Page. She has, shall we say, fallen on hard times since leaving the Nelson & Murdock law firm, and sells the info for a shot of heroin. It eventually reaches crime boss The Kingpin, who proceeds to creatively dismantle Murdock's life and send supervillain Nuke into Murdock's stomping ground of New York's Hell's Kitchen.

In the comic, The Avengers get involved, but don't expect a movie crossover, since Captain America and co. belong to a different studio.

There are several David James Kellys listed on the IMDb, but the one we appear to be talking about has but a single credit as an editor on Sunshine Cleaning (which is really good by the way; no complaints there). Quite how he's scored a big gig on a superhero property is unclear then. Maybe he's one of those super-script-doctors that kick ass in total secret, but now his identity has been blown.

We'll say it again: the Ben Affleck / Mark Steven Johnson Daredevil is better than its reputation, especially in its Director's Cut form. Affleck, though, has been vocal about how he was stung by the negative reaction to that film on its first release, so will not be back to fill DD's red leather trews.

The only other name officially linked to the reboot at this point is producer Peter Chernin (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), and Regency is the production company without fear. We'll bring you more news as we get it. The ace Born Again is available as a paperback collection published by Marvel, should you want to do some revision in the meantime.


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give it a chance
I agree with the original article, Daredevil was a very good comic book movie, especially the directors cut. It was lambasted at the time of release, but that was because of the whole "Benifer" thing at the time. Honestly people, revisit this movie and look at it with a clear sense of perspective, you may be surprised. I'm looking forward to Reborn, if it is developed in the right way with a suitable actor to fill the costume. How about Timothy Olyphant as Matt Murdock/ More

Posted by davidjthomson at 20:59 on 30 April 2012 | Report This Post

Born Again is the greatest comic book story ever
way better than the shite-fest from the same author which was The Dark Knight. The Daredevil movie is fukkin' brilliant. It's the best of all Marvel's movies, and that's saying something considering the great stuff done so far. Ben Affleck was pitch perfect bringing the pain, and Colin Farrell brought the spice: "more peanuts!" Classic stuff. More

Posted by BatSpider at 19:31 on 30 April 2012 | Report This Post

Amazing News
Daredevil is by far my favourite comic book character of all time. The Movie, as Empire states was actually alright, though I wasn't convinced by various cast members - other than Affleck who was the right actor. WIth the new film though I'm not certain the Miller story is necessarily the best to use and as for Nuke being the villain I think they could use better characters. Also though it won't happen, its a pity various characters particularly Black Widow and Spider-Man who make frequent c More

Posted by ZakE94 at 12:20 on 30 April 2012 | Report This Post

Sweet
I cant think of a better character to be rebooted. Daredevil was ok, it had some nice ideas but a lot of it was woeful, yes i'm looking at you colin farrel. Its the perfect property to create a Nolanesque universe with, dark serious with one foot in reality. More

Posted by 7eke at 09:41 on 30 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Jesus wept
Daredevil is a BRILLIANT comics character that hasn't yet had the film he deserves. If all you know is the Affleck film than I can see why you'd think that, but if you know the comics this is proper good news. More

Posted by Osric at 09:36 on 30 April 2012 | Report This Post

Jesus wept
a 'Daredevil reboot' can I hear the sound of the bottom of barrels being scraped? More

Posted by bigmeuprudeboy1 at 08:58 on 30 April 2012 | Report This Post

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