UPDATE 8/14: Joe Carnahan's Daredevil is officially no more. The A-Team director took to Twitter to break the news, insisting that the clock simply ran out of time on a new Daredevil movie at Fox. And while that's a bummer for fans who were looking forward to his grittier reboot of the character, he at least offered the Internet a consolation prize in the form of the sizzle reel he had put together as part of his presentation package to Fox. It's just a montage of clips from all kinds of movies that he used to set the tone for the kind of Daredevil he'd be bringing to the big screen, but it should give fans a taste of what could have been.
Carnahan uploaded two versions of the "sizzle reel," one PG-13, one NC-17 (though it's really not that bad). Check out both below:
If 20th Century Fox has a bit more time to develop a new Daredevil movie, they'd probably do it. But seeing as their film rights are up on October 10 -- meaning they need to fully commit to a new Daredevil movie by then -- it just doesn't seem to be enough time for them to get the ball rolling. That's the sense we're getting from the latest man up for directorial duties on Daredevil, Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces, The A-Team), who took to Twitter last night to say that it might not be happening. "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," he said, alluding to the fact that Fox isn't comfortable moving forward on what's essentially a very risky investment.
Our own comic expert, John Gholson, recently poured out all the details of what a potential Joe Carnahan-directed Daredevil movie should look like, with it being based on the dark, twisted "Born Again" storyline from a script already written. We have no doubt that Carnahan is capable of putting out a daring, badass Daredevil movie, but there's just something about this property that's not sitting well with Fox. Maybe it's too dark, or it doesn't appeal to the right audience. Maybe they don't want to spend the kind of money needed to do the film justice, both on production costs and marketing. Maybe this simply isn't their thing.
Truth be told, Carnahan's Daredevil movie feels more like the kind of comic book film they took chances on in the late-80s and early '90s. Sort of like a Darkman or a Spawn. These days Kick-Ass is probably the darkest, wide-appeal comic-based film out there (and it was successful enough to get a sequel), but keep in mind that film was made outside the studio system. Daredevil would not be made outside the studio system, and with what appears to be an R rating already attached to this version, it's easy to see what the hold up is.
Perhaps they want to tone it down, but maybe they just don't have the time. As Carnahan said himself, "Time is NOT on anyone's side."
What do you think should happen with Daredevil?