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You'd have to be blind not to notice all the Daredevil buzz on the movie sites today. It seems Fox is on the cusp of losing the rights to the visually impaired superhero who doubles as Hell's Kitchen lawyer Matt Murdock. The rights will revert back to Marvel/Disney if Fox fails to put a new film into production very soon. There were reports that Marvel and Fox were going to engage in some bizarre, MLB-style trade in which Marvel would extend Fox's Daredevil rights if Fox returned control of some of the tertiary characters in the Fantastic Four franchise (such as Silver Surfer and Galactus). This appears to have been denied, rather staunchly, by Fox. However, it appears that Joe Carnahan ('The A-Team,' 'The Grey') is in talks with Fox about possibly directing the new Daredevil. Will he sell them on a concept they want to pursue before the rights revert?
I certainly hope so. Earlier reports indicated that Carnahan's concept could be described as a 70s thriller in the style of Frank Miller's Daredevil. You don't have to know too terribly much about comics to know that Frank Miller's Daredevil run was one of the best things to happen to that character. I would love to see Carnahan, quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary directors, bring us a grittier, more (forgive the pun) well-drawn Matt Murdock. My hope is that if Fox doesn't bite on Carnahan's concept, that maybe Marvel/Disney will have the foresight to take it on. Given the Disney half of that equation, and the darker nature of the Miller stories, this may be a pipe dream. What do you guys think?
Would you like to see a darker, Frank Miller style Daredevil movie? Is Carnahan the right choice to direct? Will Fox take on the project or let the rights revert?