The live-action film rights to Daredevil have indeed reverted back to Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige confirmed to Newsarama.
Speaking with Newsarama Monday at the Iron Man 3 press junket, the Marvel Studios president of production told us at the end of our conversation that, as previously speculated, the Daredevil rights are now under the Disney/Marvel umbrella. We directly asked Feige if the reports that Marvel Studios now had the rights to Daredevil were accurate, to which he replied, "To Daredevil? Yes."
In August, it was reported that previous rights-holder Fox had a deadline of Oct. 10 to put a Daredevil film into production before the rights returned to Marvel, a deadline that then passed. Though it was widely assumed this meant the character was now under Marvel control, no official announcement followed.
In 2003, Fox released the only (to this point) live-action Daredevil film, directed by Mark Steven Johnson and starring Ben Affleck. While Feige told us about the rights reversion, he gave no indication of what, if anything, Marvel Studios has planned for Daredevil at this point.
Keep reading Newsarama for more from our interview with Feige and Iron Man 3 director and co-screenwriter Shane Black.More from Newsarama:
- Exploring Marvel-Produced DAREDEVIL Movie/TV Possibilities
- Why IRON MAN 3's Shane Black Changed His Mind on The MANDARIN
- More EXTREMIS Shown Off in New IRON MAN 3 TV Spot