Marvel to Let Fox Take Time on 'Daredevil' in Exchange for Galactus?
What now? Well, for those who haven't been paying attention, Fox has a limited amount of time to get another Daredevil adaptation off the ground before the rights to the comic book character revert back to Marvel and end up in the hands of their own film studio. This has become more of an issue with David Slade no longer attached to direct, but Fox has their sights on The A-Team and Smokin' Aces director Joe Carnahan to do a "Frank Miller-esque, hardcore 70's thriller" take on the blind comic book hero. But the problem is that they need more time to get it off the ground before the October 10th deadline rolls around.
So what's the solution? Marvel is apparently willing to give Fox more time to get Daredevil for a price. The comic book studio wants the rights to use characters from the Fantastic Four universe in their own future films. Variety doesn't say whether or not this includes the titular superhero family (especially since Fox has Josh Trank rebooting the series), but Galactus, a cosmic super villain, and the Silver Surfer (who serves as the villains herald for a short time as he destroys worlds) are definitely part of the equation should a deal be made. Word on the street is that Galactus will come into play in some future Marvel movies (not surprising considering the cosmic nature The Avengers seems to be taking, not to mention Guardians of the Galaxy), so Marvel wants him really bad.
At this point it sounds like it's up to Fox whether or not they want to make a deal with talks expecting to continue as the week goes on. Aside from the give and take of this deal, it would be nice if Marvel could strike up something with studios in order to keep this cinematic universe growing. Fox also has the rights to X-Men while Sony own Spider-Man, and those characters showing up with Marvel Studios' team of superheroes at some point would be absolutely thrilling. As for Carnahan's direction, well, if this is going to be gritty and dark, Smokin' Aces proved he has a twisted action sensibility, and if you take that and throw it back for a pulpy 70's thriller, then maybe Daredevil will get his due diligence finally. Thoughts?
Update: Following this news, Deadline's Mike Fleming has posted a new report countering some of these claims. They go on to say the Fox rumblings are that they might actually just let Daredevil drop out, or have it co-financed by Disney, instead of trading anything. He states: "The studio is very lukewarm about rebooting Daredevil... While Joe Carnahan has come to the studio with a take, it sounds like Fox is ready to let it revert to Disney-owned Marvel, unless Disney is interested in co-financing. That is what the current talks are really about, insiders said." But we'll still have to wait to see what happens either way.