Fox has made their latest move with the Daredevil property, now hiring David Slade to direct. The film has no script or even screenwriter, but it has a director. You’ll remember Slade from the excellent Hard Candy, which he followed up with the nonsense of 30 Days of Night and the more nonsense of Twilight: Eclipse.
The most interesting part of the announcement in Variety is the news that this is not a reboot of Daredevil, as previously expected, but a loose follow-up to the 2003 original. Of course, that’s being said before there’s a writer on board. But the point of that, I suppose, is to avoid doing the origin again and introducing Kingpin again.
I wonder if this movie will ever get made or if this is just pre-production movement intended to keep Marvel Studios from claiming neglect on the property and fighting to get it back. If that’s the case, hiring Slade is a way to keep the project in motion but will likely not result in anything of substance.
If the movie is truly happening, Slade’s a choice who doesn’t interest me. I think he has chops that he’s not been showing since Hard Candy, but I doubt this will be the film to show them off. I’m more interested in who’s writing the movie, to be honest.