Up first, David Slade’s upcoming reboot of The Man Without Fear (that’s Daredevil to you non-comic book reading folks out there) has hired a writer in “Fringe” staffer/producer Brad Caleb Kane. It sounds like Fox is very bullish after the success of “X-Men: First Class”, if not box office-wise, then certainly relaunching a franchise-wise. Critical acclaim and much fanboy love for the Matthew Vaughn prequel has also left the studio in a very good mood. Now if only the box office will reflect that optimism…
Word is, Kane will be tasked with the very difficult job of adapting writer Frank Miller and artist David Mazzucchelli’s “Born Again” Daredevil storyline. In the gritty arc, Miller, as he is wont to do with his superheroes, puts the blind attorney-by-day and masked crimefighter and guardian of Hell’s Kitchen by night through the wringer, all at the behest of his arch-foe, the Kingpin. Anyone expecting either Ben Affleck back as the superhero or Michael Clarke Duncan as his nemesis shouldn’t hold their breath.
Not to be left out, Disney has made their first move to continuing what Joseph Kosinski began in “Tron: Legacy” by hiring screenwriter David DiGilio to follow “Legacy”. DiGilio’s take is said to “build on the first two movies”, which found the hero (and a passenger) back in the real world.
While “Legacy” didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, especially given its huge budget, Disney (reasonably) expects to be able to make the third installment at a much cheaper price, given that they still have the resources from “Legacy” (sets, R&D, etc.) at their disposal and waiting to be re-used on another movie.
Kosinski’s return, meanwhile, is up in the air.
Meanwhile, in more original fronts, scribes Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson have been hired by Paramount and producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura to turn the Image comic book “Lions, Tigers
and Bears” by Mike Bullock into a possible new movie franchise.
Taking its cue from “Toy Story”, Bullocks comic “tells of the adventures of a young boy who discovers that his stuffed animals come to life to protect him from monsters that come out of his closet.”
This is the first real movement on the property, which was snatched up by the studio over two years ago.