Daredevil Rights Likely Reverting Back To Disney; Joe Carnahan's Sizzle Reel

By: Phil Better & George Prax

It looks as if Fox will lose the movie rights to our favorite blind superhero, Daredevil.

As we previously reported, the studio had until October 10th to start production on a potential sequel or reboot. Marvel and Disney tried to negotiate a deal that would bring the Silver Surfer and Galactus back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it seems as if Fox would rather keep those characters for their pending Fantastic Four reboot from Josh Trank. Therefore, it looks as if the rights will return to Marvel and Disney before the year's end.

Director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey) was pitching a new idea to Fox for the character, after David Slade dropped out of the project and before the decision to give the rights back was seemingly made, in order to reboot the franchise that originally flopped with Ben Affleck in front of the camera in 2004.

Carnahan tweeted that the "DD pitch was tremendous and everyone flipped for it. The clock ticked down at Fox, that's why it went tits up", making a point to ensure that Fox didn't take the blame. Carnahan even posted a couple of sizzle reels he prepared for his pitch, one NC-17 version and a PG-13 version which you can see below:

They do look like it they would be a very true vision of Frank Miller’s “Born Again” storyline from the comics. They seem very dark and gritty very true to the source material that is Daredevil. They have the same feel as the Thomas Jane’s short punisher fan film “Dirty Laundry”. As it's been put, the new version was supposed to be a "Serpico-style" 70s action-thriller, so we're not surprised that Fox decided to pass on it, especially considering the rushed production or character cost if they went with the proposed extension.

Fans should be happy as this gives Marvel the chance to bring in a new character into the Universe that they are creating in their films. It's entirely possible that Carnahan will get a chance to try his idea over at Disney if they're willing to go a little darker than the Avengers films may suggest.

May they even bring the blind justice into the next Avenger film? Who knows, but this is good news for Marvel fans, as any properties returning to the home stable after the huge success of Whedon's Avengers film (and the impending sequel).

Either way, the decision is now in the hands of Marvel, Disney, and producer Kevin Feige, who will certainly be happy to get a major character back into his universe.

Partial Source: Deadline