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.
Looking at the sizzle reel, it does seem like Carnahan’s pitch for Daredevil was uncannily close to Slade’s. “It’s in the ’70s, Kingpin is going through New York dealing with the Irish mafia, and there’s Daredevil in the yellow suit,” says Slade, going into further detail about his pitch. “It was all there! You know, it’s a big studio film and it’s tougher… there are certain people who are really good at that, and I hope to be really good at that. I will continue to try my best.”
There have been no updates on the Man Without Fear now that he is back at Marvel. Daredevil has become a hot property in the comic book world again thanks to a rejuvenated ongoing series by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee. It would make sense for Marvel to capitalize on that, but so far there aren’t even rumors of the horned hero popping up in any of Marvel’s upcoming projects.
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