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Remember that 'Daredevil' movie with Ben Affleck? It was not so bueno. However, in the wake of the continued box office draw of Marvel's many characters, Fox is planning a reboot of the blind lawyer-turned-vigilante. As of now, this reboot is set to be directed by David Slade ('30 Days of Night,' 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'). Recently, the studio moved the project a step further toward reality by hiring newcomer David James Kelly to rewrite the existing script. Kelly will be taking over for Brad Kane ('Fringe') who was originally brought aboard to pen the script. Rumor has it that the new Daredevil movie will be based on the 'Born Again' story arc by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli in which the Kingpin discovers Daredevil's true identity. No word yet on when the new Daredevil film is due out.
I'm not going to argue that 2003's 'Daredevil' was good, mostly because my eyes are functioning, but I like the character quite a bit and would love to see a decent film adaptation. Knowing only the tiniest bit about the 'Born Again' storyline, I'm glad to see it will be the basis of the new film. However, and with no disrespect intended to Mr. Kelly, I can't help but feel like there's been a step down at the writing position here. Kelly has never been credited with a single screenplay, and yet he's being brought in to rewrite a script by 'Fringe's Brad Kane? It seems ill-advised at best. I also have mixed feelings about Slade as the director for this project. Sure, I had fun with '30 Days of Night,' and 'Hard Candy' is a staggeringly effective film, but the words 'The Twilight Saga' on his resume are enough to give pause to my enthusiasm for this reboot. Of course, once they announce who will be playing Matt Murdoch, the conversation of who's rewriting the reboot will be overshadowed.
What do you guys think? Does this screenwriter changeover concern you? Do you believe Slade, as director, can pull this off?