David Slade to Direct Fox's Reboot of Marvel's 'Daredevil' Franchise
by Alex Billington
March 15, 2011
Is 20th Century Fox really starting to shape up again? Variety is reporting that Fox has hired David Slade, of Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night and yes, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, to direct the new Daredevil reboot that they're trying to get in before all the rights revert back to Marvel/Disney. It was announced/confirmed last year that a Daredevil reboot was on the way, just like Fantastic Four too, with a script bing penned by David Scarpa (The Last Castle, The Day the Earth Stood Still). Sources close to the project told Variety that the untitled film will not contain material from the Ben Affleck's 2003 movie based on the blind superhero.
Now this is the project that I feel like Slade has been waiting to direct since his career began. When he ended up attached to the Twilight movie, I had no clue what he was doing besides making money, and with twitter comments that got him in trouble, it was obvious that's not really where he wanted to be. But taking on a big comic book franchise for a major studio? Now that's where I think Slade currently belongs, showcasing his style and making a darker film where half the cast isn't shirtless. Slade was also in talks to direct Wolverine for Fox before Darren Aronofsky took over, so it looks like Daredevil is his consolation prize. Thoughts?