When director David Slade departed Daredevil last month it was also mentioned that 20th Century Fox had to enter production on the reboot by the end of the year otherwise the character rights would revert back to Marvel.
This only gave Fox a limited amount of time to find a replacement director and get a script ready for shooting. Well, in an effort to give them more time Fox is apparently in talks with Marvel about returning some characters from the Fantastic Four universe in exchange for more time to develop Daredevil (the deadline is October 10th).
Sources say Marvel would give Fox more time to make “Daredevil” in return for the rights to use characters from the “Fantastic Four” universe, including the giant, world-devouring supervillain Galactus, rumored to play a key role in future Marvel pics. Marvel is also eyeing future use of the Silver Surfer, who in the comicbooks brokered a deal to serve as Galactus’ herald in order to save his home planet.
Both Galactus and the Silver Surfer were used in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer so the studio will likely be avoiding them in Josh Trank’s upcoming reboot. They might as well trade them back to Marvel (who may put them to use in future films) and give themselves more time to make Daredevil.
Speaking of which, Variety also has word that Joe Carnahan is in talks to direct. Carnahan has previously directed Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team, and recently directed Liam Neeson in The Grey which was a critical and commercial success. While Carnahan has yet to receive an official offer, he’s said to be the top choice at 20th Century Fox and the aim is to produce a “Frank Miller-esque, hardcore 70s thriller” take on the character.
Is Joe Carnahan a good pick for Daredevil? And what do you think of Galactus and the Silver Surfer potentially returning to Marvel?