We’ve been hearing rumours for years now about a possible Daredevil reboot. Let’s face it, the 2003 Mark Steven Johnson film was not particularly well loved by fans or critics, and Fox has always thought that they could do something more with the property if they could just find the right creative team. Well, this week they appear to have found the first part of that team as they have reportedly hired David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) to direct a brand new Daredevil movie. The weird thing is, they’re not calling it a reboot, they’re calling it “a continuation of the Daredevil saga.” Well, at least we won’t have to see the origin story all over again.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck is not attached to reprise his role as Matt Murdock, which probably won’t upset too many people. However, thus far there is no mention of who they might have in mind to replace him. A couple of years ago Jason Statham volunteered himself for the role, but nothing ever came of it. If Fox really wanted to ingratiate themselves with the fans, something tells me that would be an easy way to do it.
David Scarpa (The Day the Earth Stood Still) was hired last year to write a new Daredevil script, but it’s unclear if he is still involved. Supposedly they are now looking to draw from the Frank Miller’s Born Again storyline, and although I haven’t read it, it sounds pretty cool. The Kingpin finds out that Matt Murdock is Daredevil and starts to mess with his life, eventually pushing him to the brink of insanity. Considering the fact that Slade has primarily directed horror movies, it seems a safe assumption that this will be a fair bit darker than the last Daredevil flick. What do you think, can he do Daredevil justice on the big screen?