Director David Slade is shifting his filmmaking focus from vampires to superheroes. According to Variety, 20th Century Fox has tapped the “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and “30 Days of Night” director for their next “Daredevil” film.
Undisclosed sources close to the project told the industry trade publication that the untitled film will be a continuation of the 2003 version, which starred Ben Affleck, but will not contain any material from that film, which was mostly panned by critics.
Much like familiar comic book heroes like Batman, Superman and Spider-Man, Daredevil, a.k.a. Matt Murdoch, is a crime-fighting vigilante. However, unlike his fellow costumed brethren, Daredevil is blind. The positive thing about the radioactive liquid that caused him to lose his sight, however, is that his four remaining senses are heightened beyond normal human ability.
Given Slade’s résumé, which is full of fantasy and action, he’s a great choice to pump new life into the hugely popular comic series. Before landing the “Daredevil” gig, Slade was also rumored to be in line to direct the next installment of “Wolverine,” which went to “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky.
Fox hasn’t announced a release date or a title for this new film, but until then, Slade still has his hands full with his third vampire-themed flick, “The Last Voyage of the Demeter,” a long-delayed film that revolves around a ship carrying a mysterious entity that starts to pick off passengers one by one. Sir Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace are the names attached to the project so far.