The writing was on the wall. With David Slade leaving the project earlier this summer, and Joe Carnahan revealing yesterday that his pitch for a “‘Serpico’ styled” take on “Daredevil” “went up in smoke,” it wasn’t exactly clear how Fox was going to hang on to the rights to the character with an October 10th deadline looming. And it looks like they won’t.
Variety reports that given the latest developments, the rights will head back to Marvel sometime this fall, where we suppose they will be free to reboot it as they see fit. Previously, there was some talk of Fox and Marvel/Disney coming together on a co-financing deal, or the possibility of Fox giving Marvel the rights to some characters (Silver Surfer and Galactus were tossed around) in exchange for extension. But clearly, that won’t be happening (the latter scenario made little sense considering Fox announced they’re rebooting “Fantastic Four” with Josh Trank, of which those characters are pretty essential). So, where to next?
That remains to be seen. Marvel pretty much has their slate through 2015 lined up with “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” and “The Avengers 2” the priority projects they are working on, with “Ant-Man” lurking in the background. A “‘Serpico’ styled” take on Daredevil certainly wouldn’t fit in their established movie universe, so we would imagine development on the movie would go right back to square one and start all over. In short, you’re probably not going to be seeing Matt Murdock on the big screen anytime soon.
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