Fox and Marvel Wheeling and Dealing on Daredevil, Galactus and The Silver Surfer

Daredevil Comic Book Cover by Frank MillerThose of you with your nose in the comic book movie world already know that Fox owns the Fantastic Four characters and most of its immediate universe (including villains), and Marvel would really like them back so they can incorporate the characters into their ever-expanding Cinematic Universe. Marvel may now have some leverage to use on Fox, especially in light of the October 10, 2012 deadline for Daredevil, another Marvel character currently in Fox’s possession. You see, unless Fox gets a “Daredevil” movie up and running by October 10th, the character must be returned to Marvel.

To that end, Fox is looking at director Joe Carnahan (of “A-Team” fame) to direct what they call a “hardcore 70s thriller” take on the character. This will be more in line with the Frank Miller run on the comic book title in the ’80s. Carnahan has no offer, but is said to be Fox’s choice for the job after previously attached director David Slade bailed.

But here’s where things get really interesting: with the deadline for Daredevil fast approaching (they need to be shooting by October 10th), Marvel is said to be willing to give Fox more time … in return for the use of Galactus and the Silver Surfer.

Yup. You read that correctly. Marvel is apparently willing to sell Hell’s Kitchen’s protector in exchange for the rights to use the world-devouring Galactus and his herald, shiny dude Silver Surfer aka Norrin Radd and his funky skateboard in future movies. No doubt this figures prominently into Marvel’s intergalactic expansion of their cinematic universe, what with the “Avengers 2″ and “Guardians of the Galaxy” expected to have a much more space-y feel than previous Marvel films.

As of right now, the two sides are still talking, and it’s apparently all up to Fox to decide if they want to take Marvel’s deal. No doubt Marvel is hoping to wash the stink of Fox’s treatment of Galactus and Silver Surfer out of everyone’s mouth in “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”. If Fox turns it down, they’ll be scrambling to get their “Daredevil” reboot into production by October 10th. And then there’s the Josh Trank “Fantastic Four” reboot to consider. Does Trank have need of the two characters, too?

So, so many possibilities…

UPDATE:

Deadline chimes in, saying that it’s unlikely Fox will relinquish their control of Galactus and the Silver Surfer, and that what Fox really wants is for Marvel’s parent company, Disney to co-produce/fund their “Daredevil” movie. Failing that, they are apparently willing to lose The Man Without Fear.

The good news here? Whatever Fox decides to do — share Galactus/Silver Surfer or lose Daredevil — it’s win-win for Marvel Studios fans.

Galactus and the Silver Surfer Comic Book

Via : Variety