Fox Hires a Writer for the Daredevil Reboot, Making it Semi-Official

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Oh let’s face it, you’re not surprised this is actually happening. Not after Marvel rebooted “Hulk” a scant five years after the Ang Lee version. Well Fox has now made it official that they’re rebooting the “Daredevil” franchise (does one semi-successful movie and a flatline spin-off movie count as a franchise?) by announcing the hiring of a writer to pen a script. David Scarpa, who recently wrote the script for “The Day the Earth Stood Still” remake and before that, the prison actioner “The Last Castle”, has been tapped to deliver a new take on the blind lawyer by day/crimefighter by night hero known as Daredevil for the studio.

The 2003 original, written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson (he would go on to do “Ghost Rider”), starred Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer whose alter ego was the costumed vigilante known as Daredevil. Blinded as a boy by toxic waste, Murdock’s sight was replaced with a “radar”-like ability that allows him to actually “see” better than before. In the original, Murdock fought the Kingpin and Bullseye, two of his arch enemies, while spinning off an “Elektra” movie starring Jennifer Garner.

Now I’m not going to tell you that “Daredevil” was a great comic book movie, but I’m comfortable in saying that I thought it was pretty good. Sure, Johnson really dropped the ball in how he handled the Kingpin (and I’m not even referring to the fact that Kingpin got a race change), more the fact that the character was barely a shade of what he should have been, and Michael Clarke Duncan was just so terribly miscast in the role. Still, Jennifer Garner as Elektra was stimulating (and apparently it was stimulating for both Garner and Affleck too, ahem) and a truly nutty Colin Farrel as Bullseye really livened the film up. And I loved the gritty nature of the character, something rarely seen in superhero movies.

Although it didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, “Daredevil” still did pretty decent business. Made for around $80 million, the film turned in $179 million worldwide, most of that coming from domestic box office, and has been the subject of reboot rumors since 2008, the same time Marvel was gearing up its “Hulk” reboot.

Whoa, is it hot in here or is it just this image of Jennifer Garner in tight black leather pants?

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  • http://www.onesourcetalent.com/ One Source Talent

    I’m excited they are going to re-do the film and I must agree with everything you said, except I just didn’t see Ben Affleck as a super hero. I’m excited to see who they decide to cast in the new film and how it is going to differ from the first.

  • http://www.onesourcetalent.com/ One Source Talent

    I’m excited they are going to re-do the film and I must agree with everything you said, except I just didn’t see Ben Affleck as a super hero. I’m excited to see who they decide to cast in the new film and how it is going to differ from the first.

  • j.james

    Yeah im not surprised. Im not sure this is for the better though. With who they have recently hired to write the film, it makes me think is that really the best you could do? DareDevil was really bad in my opinion. To many bad things deluded whatever positive i possibly could have taken from the film. When you reboot something isn’t it usually with the intent to make it a little better? Just doesn’t seem that way from the start…The selling point though will be the Director and Lead that is cast, until then we will see….

  • j.james

    Yeah im not surprised. Im not sure this is for the better though. With who they have recently hired to write the film, it makes me think is that really the best you could do? DareDevil was really bad in my opinion. To many bad things deluded whatever positive i possibly could have taken from the film. When you reboot something isn’t it usually with the intent to make it a little better? Just doesn’t seem that way from the start…The selling point though will be the Director and Lead that is cast, until then we will see….

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    DIDn’t mind the first, but the directors cut is a different film all together and better in my opinion. I like Michael Clark Duncan did a decent job with what he was given, which really wasn’t much. I don’t think he was miscast so much as underused. A reboot is defintley needed, and it needs to be dark. Thatwas the thing they really got right in the first film. That and the radar sense. DD is just a hard character to write for as his rogues aren;t that well known and unless yo count the hand aren;t that interesting or are all females. Nothing wrong with that but having him beating up women isn’t gonna make him more popular.

  • Dedpool

    DIDn’t mind the first, but the directors cut is a different film all together and better in my opinion. I like Michael Clark Duncan did a decent job with what he was given, which really wasn’t much. I don’t think he was miscast so much as underused. A reboot is defintley needed, and it needs to be dark. Thatwas the thing they really got right in the first film. That and the radar sense. DD is just a hard character to write for as his rogues aren;t that well known and unless yo count the hand aren;t that interesting or are all females. Nothing wrong with that but having him beating up women isn’t gonna make him more popular.

  • Romeo Garcia.

    I think the first version wasn’t so bad..I mean is not the best comic version in movie history but it wasn’t that bad too (Is a lot of better than CATWOMAN,ELEKTRA,BLADE III,THE PUNISHER-BOTH VERSIONS,THE SPIRIT) even i like the caracter in AFFLECK shoes but in only hope that this time make it better like happens to THE HULK.

  • http://html Romeo Garcia.

    I think the first version wasn’t so bad..I mean is not the best comic version in movie history but it wasn’t that bad too (Is a lot of better than CATWOMAN,ELEKTRA,BLADE III,THE PUNISHER-BOTH VERSIONS,THE SPIRIT) even i like the caracter in AFFLECK shoes but in only hope that this time make it better like happens to THE HULK.

  • ulik

    Enough is enough already with the reboots. Does this mean that everytime Fox messes up they get the chance to reboot 5-10 times just to keep the rights?! Marvel/Disney need to get the Big Gun lawyers and show how many times that studios have failed to get Marvel’s charcters right and show that Marvel are the only ones that can do their own characters justice. There needs to be a clause in this reboot crap. If you don’t get it right the first time, that’s it, return the damn rights to the original owners. They should only get one shot, thats it!

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      THAT WOULD ROCK! ALas, aint gonna happen. A reboot isn’t bad idea for the character though. A sequel so far down the line would be a worse idea. Affleck wouldn’t do it again (whew, though he wasn’t horrible) and Favs is busy directing Iron Man. I doubt Colin Farrel would come back ut I bet Michael Clarke Duncan would. I really don’t see anyone else that has the size, and acting ability to pull off the Kingpin. Brian Denehy back in the day maybe (He’d have made a great Bruce for Batman Beyond).

  • ulik

    Enough is enough already with the reboots. Does this mean that everytime Fox messes up they get the chance to reboot 5-10 times just to keep the rights?! Marvel/Disney need to get the Big Gun lawyers and show how many times that studios have failed to get Marvel’s charcters right and show that Marvel are the only ones that can do their own characters justice. There needs to be a clause in this reboot crap. If you don’t get it right the first time, that’s it, return the damn rights to the original owners. They should only get one shot, thats it!

    • Dedpool

      THAT WOULD ROCK! ALas, aint gonna happen. A reboot isn’t bad idea for the character though. A sequel so far down the line would be a worse idea. Affleck wouldn’t do it again (whew, though he wasn’t horrible) and Favs is busy directing Iron Man. I doubt Colin Farrel would come back ut I bet Michael Clarke Duncan would. I really don’t see anyone else that has the size, and acting ability to pull off the Kingpin. Brian Denehy back in the day maybe (He’d have made a great Bruce for Batman Beyond).