Watch: Joe Carnahan's Awesome Discarded 'Daredevil' Pitch Videos
Earlier today we reported that, despite rumors involving potentially trading characters with Marvel, Fox was not interested in moving forward on Joe Carnahan's Daredevil pitch. The news originally came from Joe Carnahan himself this morning, who expressed his dissatisfaction tweeting: "Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids. We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone's side." He later returned to respond and then, tonight, after getting enough followers decided to post the two videos of the Daredevil pitches he put together for the public's entertainment. They're good.
Following Carnahan's tweets this morning, Variety confirmed that the film rights to Daredevil would indeed revert back to Marvel Studios in October. "Fox will have no choice but to allow the rights to Daredevil to go back to Marvel" because time will be up. Carnahan himself also tweeted a response adding: "DD pitch was tremendous and everyone flipped for it. The clock ticked down at Fox, that's why it went tits up." The pressure from fans online eventually pushed him to throw up both videos on YouTube, so here they are. One is a more "NC-17" (extremely violent) version, while the other is just a tamer studio-friendly PG-13 pitch.
The NC-17 pitch. From Joe: "More violent version. More clips from the prior DD movie. More gruesome."
Here's the PG-13 vanilla pitch. From Joe: "The more PG-13 version. More comic panels. Less violent."
"Can youuu diggg it?" These pitches honestly looked damn good, I quite enjoyed the tone and style even though a lot of the action was pulled from the Ben Affleck Daredevil movie. It has a really rough, gritty, violent feel to it, which this kind of character needs, yet also has the style that makes it cinematic. I would pay good money to see this Daredevil this weekend. Why did they pass up the chance to make this? Maybe Carnahan's decision to post this and the tons of online buzz it's going to get will only help. He did say "I will post the piece we did since it should be seen be all now… then you guys decide." I know I'd like to see it.
Who knows, if these videos fly around the web and continue to get some excellent buzz, maybe Marvel or Fox will try and work it all out. It might be worth it if it turns out as good as this looks, but it's up to you guys, and what your response is to this sizzle reel footage. Is Carnahan the right man for Daredevil?