Don’t ever say Twilight didn’t do anything for people. Fresh off David Slade‘s $700 million dollar worldwide slaying with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the director of Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night has just signed on to helm a reboot of the Marvel character Daredevil for 20th Century Fox. David Scarpa, writer of The Last Castle and Fox’s The Day the Earth Stood Still, was reportedly hired to write a script last year, but that could be a thing of the past. Read more after the break. Read More »
Earlier today, we posted a cornucopia of information on upcoming DC comic book movies and now, just to keep things fair, balanced and observe the equal time rule, here’s the Marvel half of that equation. After the jump, we’ll show you a photo of Peter Parker’s high school in The Amazing Spider-Man, talk about Stellan Skarsgard‘s involvement in The Avengers, hear Xavier Gens‘s idea for the Daredevil reboot and watch Robert Downey Jr. talk about transitioning from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows to The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Read More »
“Never change. Unless it’s into a Star Wars character.” College Humor produced a music video for a song entitled ‘Cosplay With My Heart’, a Comic Con-infused parody of It’s supposed to be a parody the song and music video “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. Hit the jump to watch the video.
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We’ve known that this would be happening, but a last-minute Friday report from Mike Fleming at Deadline Hollywood confirms Daredevil as the latest superhero reboot. David Scarpa, writer of The Last Castle and Fox’s The Day the Earth Stood Still remake, is scripting. No other talent is announced at this point. Peter Chernin, who is also working on that new Planet of the Apes movie, is producing.
Just in case you have any doubt about how things will go with other Marvel character movies lodged at studios like Fox, Fleming notes that this reboot is going forward for one simple reason: unless Fox moves forward with Daredevil the studio risks losing the character to Marvel/Disney. Yeah, that means we’ll still be hearing about Fantastic Four and likely Silver Surfer movies at some point, too. (The LA Times followed up with a report about the reboot, but doesn’t offer any other new info)
We’ve heard plenty of word over the last two years that a sequel to Columbia’s Ghost Rider film starring Nicolas Cage (who would return for the sequel) could come roaring down the highway, and now there is confirmation that the studio is actually moving forward. Read More »
There’s been some talk of late that a reboot of the Daredevil franchise could be on the cards. The latest, and potentially greatest, piece of evidence could come from the blog of LA Comic Shop Golden Apple. Here’s an excerpt from one of their most recent posts, about the day Katee Sackhoff came to visit:
So we got a little visit in our comic shop last week by Katee Sackhoff, also known as Starbuck for her role on BSG. She proceeded to grab all the Typhoid Mary comics we had and has hopes to get a part for a Marvel movie….
Typhoid Mary being one of the key characters in the Daredevil series, it would seem quite likely that the film in question is this rumoured reboot. Of course, she also appeared in some key Deadpool storylines… so… perhaps… maybe…
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In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra and Adam discuss Darren Aronofsky’s latest project, Noah, assess Fox’s terrible summer movie season, and try to determine where Burn After Reading fits in the Coen brother’s filmography. Eric D. Snider joins in to review the film as well.
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With Matthew Vaughn off directing Kick-Ass and his once-proposed $300 million Thor epic but a memory, DJ Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) is now expressing interest in bringing Marvel‘s Son of Odin to the big screen. In an interview with IESB he said…
“…I would definitely tackle it and I sort of wrestled with it before and I was always a fan of Thor growing up as a kid. I know that they [Marvel] have a script, but there’s something, there’s a fear I have about Thor and depending on what Thor story you want to tell, whether you want to bring Thor into the modern world or if you want to go back to Asgard…”
He added that he’s even had talks with Marvel about the film, but it all comes down to the screenplay. Last year, screenwriter Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, longtime Thor fan/collector) described his script to the Daily Herald as…
“It’s going to be like a super hero origin story, but not one about a human gaining super powers, but of a god realizing his true potential. It’s the story of a Old Testament god who becomes a new Testament god. I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people.”
And Vaughn was attracted to the project due to its pricey vision of Norse mythology, saying, “It’s very much a Marvel superhero story but against the backdrop of something you’ve never seen before.” All of which lends credence to a storyline focusing on Asgard and Thor’s villainous brother, Loki.
In the past, Peter hasn’t been too convinced that this character will work on film (Adventures in Babysitting excluded?), but mixing LOTR and Conan-like fantasy, a timeline that can jump across thousands of years, and a huge budget sits well with me. I like the idea of seeing iconic comic characters placed in film genres like War and Pulp Noir rather than running around another modern day metropolis; though Thor could go that direction as well. Caruso is still circling Y: The Last Man with Shia LaBeouf (and hopefully not Alicia Keys), a property that is nearly as challenging to pull off as this one in my opinion (I’ve got 15 issues to go).
And in a report on 20th Century Fox‘s future plans, Variety says the studio is mulling “the possibility of more X-Men spinoffs, including a young-X-Men project as well as Deadpool, based on a character played by Ryan Reynolds in Wolverine. The studio is even considering reviving the Daredevil property.”
In the summer of 2003, the groanable Ben Affleck-starrer coasted to a disappointing $102 million, and led many to predict the cooling of the comic book film, especially after the hokey 2005 Elektra spin-off (which Johnson produced). Recently, Jason Statham threw his name in for a DD remake. While I’m not adverse to that hypothetical casting, since a reboot would remain parked at Fox and not Marvel Studios, I do hope it stays on ice a while longer. Peter has suggested that the character is perfect for a live-action HBO series, and I agree. There is a humanity and struggle—not to mention room for a great procedural drama—to Daredevil that would be better explored on a smaller screen rather than in a me-too blockbuster.
Discuss: DJ Caruso for Thor. Why not? What’s the argument for a big budget Thor working as a Marvel Studios film and vice versa? Is a Daredevil reboot needed? On one hand, Batman Begins, on the other, The Incredible Hulk. Would you prefer a hypothetical HBO series, like Slashfilm’s crew, instead?