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Joe Carnahan May Direct Daredevil
UPDATE: Not so fast...

08 August 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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Joe Carnahan May Direct Daredevil

UPDATE: Deadline have refuted Variety's story from yesterday, saying that the reports of possible character trading between Fox and Marvel are being strenuously denied by studio insiders. According to this version of events, Joe Carnahan himself approached Fox with a take on Daredevil, but with Josh Trank's Fantastic Four now a high priority, the suggestion is that Fox would be crazy to give up Galactus or The Silver Surfer, and aren't much concerned about letting their option on Daredevil expire. 

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Hot on the heels of the story that Cabin In The Woods' Drew Goddard might be interested, it turns out that Fox's top choice to direct its time-sensitive Daredevil reboot is Joe Carnahan. Some interesting deals are afoot at the studio to extend its imminently expiring option with Marvel. Intriguingly, those discussions may directly affect the Fantastic Four.

Carnahan has been linked to several projects since The Grey impressed everyone at the start of this year. There's been talk of a Source Code-alike time-loop action adventure called Continue, Jason Bateman comedy Cross Brothers, a remake of Death Wish, and Carnahan's long-treasured Pablo Escobar biopic Killing Pablo.

Daredevil is a surprise addition to that list then, although not completely out of left field. Carnahan has expressed interest in comic book projects in the past, particularly Garth Ennis' Preacher. That one remains in development hell, but Variety's description of Fox's current Daredevil vision as a "Frank Miller-esque hardcore '70s thriller" would seem a good fit for the director of Narc. It might also scratch his Death Wish itch, and perhaps there's a one-for-you-one-for-me deal to be done in finally get Killing Pablo greenlit.

Fox, however, only has until mid-October to get a Daredevil film up and running before the rights revert to Marvel. This is where the Fantastic Four come in, with reports this morning that Marvel are offering Fox a Daredevil extension in exchange for the early return of Galactus and the Silver Surfer. It sounds as if they'd rather like those guys back for their Guardians Of The Galaxy project.

Fox currently have the big purple guy (or giant space cloud, if you prefer) and his herald as part of their Fantastic Four package, and used them in Rise Of The Silver Surfer in 2007. There's definitely a deal to be done then, but the negotiations are far from over... The Fantastic Four themselves are currently set to be rebooted at Fox by Chronicle's Josh Trank.


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The Pinisher
Do it Carnahan do it. You are a good director and I even liked Aces and A-Team. More

Posted by burtbondy at 10:54 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

Better news this morning
I really hope Daredevil mooches his way back into the loving arms of Marvel like The Punisher did last year. I hope Josh Trank can successfully reboot the FF but I'd much rather Marvel do their own characters, as their current track record is awesome. I live in hope that one day we might see a Marvel Studios made X-Men film, but I think this is a non-starter as Fox will never give up such a lucrative franchise. More

Posted by MusicLovesYou at 09:30 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

Joe can handle The Man Without Fear!
Sounds like an inspired choice...a gritty take on Hell's Kitchen's Protector...all we need is an inspired cast...not someone bulky but slim and gangly that can play the blind lawyer...maybe the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch AND ZACH GALIAFRAIKAS AS FOGGY More

Posted by GALLYMOO at 21:28 on 07 August 2012 | Report This Post

Daredevil: Born Again
Carnahan has the skills to pay the bills. Born Again was very much 80s, and the best comic story ever. More

Posted by BatSpider at 17:23 on 07 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: That could work!
Not bad he does violent action pretty well which could mean a 15 cert as for the other news. Marvel offering up D.D for Silver Surfer & Galactus hmmm not too sure on that one. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 14:56 on 07 August 2012 | Report This Post

That could work!
Carnahan's Narc is one of my favourites and it really has that 70s edge. So much so that there's an interview with William Friedkin on the disc. If they are serious about the 70s thriller route, then Carnahan's the man. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:36 on 07 August 2012 | Report This Post

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