Nothing To See Here: Fox's 'Daredevil' Reboot Is No More, Rights Go Back To Marvel

Bad news for fans of blindness: the Daredevil reboot is dead. For now, at least. (Yeah, I groaned, too.) Joe Carnahan, the director of Neesonstein Meets the Wolf, Man and Smokin’ Aces, had been working on a “gritty reboot” of the first of Ben Affleck’s turdfecta of 2003 movies, but according to Variety:

With its [October 10th] extension request rejected, 20th Century Fox will have no choice but to allow the rights to Daredevil to go back to Marvel…Under the current terms of the agreement, Fox has to put the pic into production by Oct. 10. But late Monday night, Joe Carnahan, Fox’s pick to direct the film, indicated that the actioner wasn’t happening at the studio.

“Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids,” Carnahan tweeted, followed by “We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone’s side.” (Via)

Carnahan — who had planned to set his movie in 1970s New York City — released two videos of his pitches, one rated R and the other NC-17, which you can see below. As much as I don’t care for Daredevil, I do like Curtis Mayfield and clips from The Warriors and afros, so it’s actually kind of a bummer that Fox didn’t pick up the film in time, if only to wash the bad taste of the first Daredevil out of our mouths. Then again, listening to that Fuel song from the Daredevil soundtrack on repeat is more enjoyable than the Affleck film itself.

Our hopes for Gigli and Paycheck reboots lives on.