David Slade Tells The Gritty Truth Behind His Lost ‘Daredevil’ Film

by Brett White

Director David Slade (“30 Days of Night,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse“) opened up to Film School Rejects about his missed opportunity to reboot “Daredevil.” The director dropped out of the Fox project to help shape the new NBC drama “Hannibal,” with director Joe Carnahan stepping into the vacancy. Neither film got off the ground and Daredevil’s film rights have since reverted back to Marvel, but Slade revealed that his vision was very close to Carnahan’s.

“[I saw it as] really complex and exciting,” Slade says. “It was complicated [Laughs], and in the most unimaginable Fox way possible. I was really, really excited about it… It’s funny, I remember Joe Carnahan went after it hard when the rights were about to go. He cut together that thing that was great and exciting, but it was kind of sad, in a way, because everything in that trailer we had attempted to do [Laughs]. Every single thing.”

Of course “that thing” refers to the two sizzle reels Carnahan put together as part of his pitch to Fox. You can ponder what might have been by watching one of the reels below.

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