Production Update: Daredevil

Published on March 15th, 2011

With the movie rights to the Daredevil franchise, currently held by 20th Century Fox, about to run out and return to Marvel/Disney, Fox has apparently managed to secure the future of the franchise at the 11th hour.

According to Variety‘s Rachel Abrams, Fox will be hiring David Slade to direct the next Daredevil movie.  The current trend with superhero movies has been to do complete reboots, but this new film will apparently be a continuation of 2003’s Daredevil, starring Ben Affleck and directed by Mark Steven Johnson.


The report in Variety states, “David Slade (“30 Days of Night“)  is set to direct the next “Daredevil” movie for 20th Century Fox. Slade, who had been in talks to direct Wolverine before losing the gig to Darren Aronofsky, is tasked with taking the film in a different direction from the 2003 “Daredevil” starring Ben Affleck, but is being described as a continuation of the story, not a reboot.”

It was reported earlier this year that 20th Century Fox’s rights to the Daredevil franchise would run out in 2012.  It would assumed that Fox would have to release a new film by 2012 to keep the franchise but apparently they only need to have it in production to fulfill the contract. 2003’s Daredevil had a budget of $78,000,000 and made an overall gross of over $100,000,000.  It also spawned a spinoff titled Elektra, starring Jennifer Garner as the titular character, reprising her role from Daredevil.

The report from Variety does not state anything about casting, although Affleck has stated in the past that he is not very interested in returning to play Daredevil.

Ian Candish