Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Following previous reports that 20th Century Fox was going to lose the rights to the Daredevil franchise, it's now been officially confirmed by Deadline that it's really happening - the Man Without Fear is coming home to the House Of Ideas and will see movie treatment done under the supervision of Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios. Also posted by Cinema Blend, it appears that the former studio will let the rights expire, and it will automatically revert back to Marvel's hands. Not since Mark Steven Johnson's 2003 film treatment starring Ben Affleck has any other live action adaptation of Daredevil been made, and now Marvel Studios will be given control to take the character in a new movie direction that's in line with the studio's goals.
Before all this went down, The Grey director Joe Carnahan was tapped to make a treatment for Fox after plans for a reboot under David Slade's direction fell through. Unfortunately, Carnahan also threw in the towel, and now Matt Murdock's alter ego is expected to officially join the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe come October this year. Daredevil is the second character reacquisition the company has gotten back after The Punisher, who was reacquired from Lionsgate and announced by Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige during the San Diego Comic-Con. For more info on the story, visit the source posts at Cinema Blend and Deadline.