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Joe Carnahan Says Pitch For “Serpico-Styled” ‘Daredevil’ “Went Up In Smoke”

Joe Carnahan Says Pitch For "Serpico-Styled" 'Daredevil' "Went Up In Smoke"

….and the clock keeps ticking. With an October 10th deadline looming before Fox loses the rights to “Daredevil,” it seems their search to find a director may not be over. In July, previously attached helmer David Slade exited the picture, and just over a week ago, word hit that Fox was reaching out a hand to Joe Carnahan to take over. Well, that meeting took place, and apparently it did not go well.

The director hit Twitter late last night to tell fans: “Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids. We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone’s side.” It seems Fox might be back to square one all over again, but one has to wonder just what they were expecting from Carnahan, not only given his style and aesthetic, but also based on the source material they’re apparently using.

Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s “Born Againhas been cited as the starting point for the movie, and it’s pretty dark stuff. The story reveals that Karen Page leaves the law offices of Nelson & Murdock to make it big as an actress, but instead succumbs to heroin addiction and begins starring in porno movies. Desperate for a hit, she sells off Matt Murdock’s alter ego, and it’s not long before Kingpin uses the info to drive Murdock to destitution and insanity. But yeah, it’s pretty R-rated fare — or, at least, a bit more grim than the rest of Fox’s superhero movie output to date. So perhaps that’s why they’re balking at the moment?

Either way, it’s another roadblock for the studio who need to sort something out with Marvel/Disney fast to retain the rights, or they’ll watch them disappear. We have to admit, we like Carnahan for the gig, and certainly he seemed inspired, and fans will have a lot to say as the next few weeks play out. Do you think Fox is making a mistake? Weigh in below. [via MTV]

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Carnahan sounded perfect for this. Daredevil stories are always dark and gritty (except for Mark Waid's newest run, but the movie isn't going to be based on that so who cares). Outside of Batman we haven't seen a really tough urban crime-film superhero, and Daredevil is plenty different from Batman's gothic-epic style to be and feel unique and attract new viewers. Disappointing.


Tom Rothman and co. saying no to what sounds like a genuinely original and interesting idea? You don't say? Sarcasim and Fox bashing aside I do hope this happens. Carnahan is a great fit for the character and seems like he could actually put a unique spin on the character. If the rights revert back to Marvel chances are they'd make it fit into their bland, whitewashed cinematic universe just so they can pitch their next movie with a ten second cameo.


If Warner Bros owned the rights to this, Carnahan's cameras would be rolling already.

Mr Anonymous

It's pretty obvious what the problem with Fox is. They want this to be a franchise and it must be teen friendly! That's where the money lies. Anyone wanting to make a Daredevil not teen friendly will get shot down in flames ala Carnahan. Shame. Fox just don't have a fucking clue! May as well give the movie to Michael Bay to direct since it'll be a fuck-up anyway no matter what.

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