Variety reports that the clock is ticking down and that, while Fox was enthused by Carnahan’s pitch, there was just wasn’t the time to develop it properly and get the movie into production before the October deadline. This means that the Marvel team led by Kevin Feige will likely be back in control of Matt Murdock, Kingpin, Bullseye and the rest later this year.
Despite Carnahan embracing the chance to make a grittier take on the blind lawyer-turned-superhero, he tweeted yesterday that it was looking increasingly unlikely. "Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids," Carnahan wrote, followed by "We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone's side."
Fox, of course, still has the rights to X-Men (including Wolverine), The Fantastic Four and Deadpool, with films for the first three in active development (and now in production, in Wolverine’s case). The “active development” is part of the studio’s deal with Marvel that lets it retain control. With no Daredevil film in production or close to it, the rights are headed back home.
Of course, there’s now the chance that Carnahan could approach Kevin Feige and co with his take on Matt Murdock, and find out whether Marvel and Disney would go for it.
If they're interested, Carnahan has put his demo reel, intended to show what his vision for Daredevil would be, online. You can see the more violent, NC-17 rated version at this link and the PG-13 version below.
For now, though, the Man Without Fear is a Man Without A Film.
I love that the rights to the characters are slowly slipping back to Marvel, first Punisher and Blade now DD, it's what the fans want surely? Next one will probably be Ghost Rider if that company realise they've done all they can with him. There's a lot more characters at Marvel's disposal that have never had a shot though. Personally I'd rather see the likes of Black Panther, Iron Fist or even Nova get a chance before the likes of Blade get another shot.
Like some have commented, I f More
I'm rooting for any development which brings more Marvel characters back into the Marvel universe. Impossible though I know it is, I still hope for the day when Reed Richards can look out of his window and see Stark Tower. And vice versa. Though that would mean a lot of superhero towers in New York, perhaps problematically. More
If only they'd let Fantastic Four slip back to Marvel too. Fox are only capable of a nearly-solid 3 star comic book movie (1st Class) at best these days, X 1 & 2 are a distant memory. In particular, I think Marvel would really benefit from the addition of 5-star villain Victor von Doom. The faithful should boycott any Fox FF movie (and perhaps any other non-Marvel made Marvel character for that matter) in the hope Fox loose interest and let the rights revert. Look forward to seeing what they More
Thank goodness for that! Fox ruined everyone of their Marvel properties by being too controlling and not learning from their mistakes. The Director's cut soared above the Theatrical fox approved cut and the only decent Marvel movie they made was X-Men 2. Even First class sagged after Magneto stopped hunting Nazis. More
Very interesting. The NC 17 version is cool. Though I do think it would be better if Fox are not involved. I always thought DD was a Batman knock off and originally he probably was but there’s fantastic dark crime stories out there written by an incredible list of “cinematic” comic writers – Frank Miller (Batman Year One and Dark Knight Returns are huge Nolan Influences), Jeph Loeb (his Long Halloween is so influential on TDK that Nolan wrote the forward to the latest More