Exploring Marvel-Produced DAREDEVIL Movie/TV Possibilities
That speculation was quickly dismissed, and talked heated up on The Grey director Joe Carnahan's planned Daredevil reboot, whose biggest enemy was the ticking clock of starting production before Marvel regained the rights of the character (with a reported deadline of Oct. 10).
So with it looking just about certain that the live-action rights to Daredevil will soon be back at Marvel, the question then becomes: What are they going to do with it? Here are some possibilities, ranging from "that seems fairly likely" to "hey, why not?"
STICK TO THE BASICS
Plus, Daredevil has the built-in advantage of one of the most acclaimed origin stories in comics: The Man Without Fear, by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. Use that an template for a well-executed film in the Marvel Studios tradition, and you wouldn't have to go for anything too far outside the box.
Need name value? Black Widow, one of the main Avengers characters, was also on that team.
A Marvel live-action TV series has been in the works in one form or another for a couple of years now, and things picked up a lot more steam with the news earlier this month that Avengers director Joss Whedon is helping to develop one at ABC.
Legal dramas certainly have a long history on prime time TV, so the adventures of Matt Murdock, lawyer-by-day and superhero-by-night, would seemingly fit in a lot more naturally than some other Marvel concepts. As a bonus, it's got the approval of current Daredevil comic series writer Mark Waid, who told us, "it's tailor-made for an adult crime show, particularly now that we've clearly defined Matt and Foggy [Nelson]'s legal practice as advisors and coaches to those who choose to represent themselves in court for whatever reason."
Daredevil: Yellow was a 2001 miniseries by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale that spawned the entire "color" franchise at Marvel (Spider-Man: Blue, Hulk: Gray and the still forthcoming Captain America: White).
JOE CARNAHAN'S PLAN
Occam's razor also applies to superhero movie reboots: The best solution might be the simplest one.
Joe Carnahan was clearly excited about his gritty, '70s take on Daredevil that was in early development at Fox, even releasing a sizzle reel (watch it below) on YouTube after the deal seemingly fell through. For the most part, fans seemed pretty excited about it, too.
Though it would be radically different in tone from the Marvel Studios efforts thus far, maybe Kevin Feige and his crew see potential in Carnahan's vision, and that dream isn't quite dead. Time will tell.More from Newsarama:
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