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Joe Carnahan Says Pitch For "Serpico-Styled" 'Daredevil' "Went Up In Smoke"

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 14, 2012 8:56 AM
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....and the clock keeps ticking. With an October 10th deadline looming before Fox loses the rights to "Daredevil," it seems their search to find a director may not be over. In July, previously attached helmer David Slade exited the picture, and just over a week ago, word hit that Fox was reaching out a hand to Joe Carnahan to take over. Well, that meeting took place, and apparently it did not go well.

The director hit Twitter late last night to tell fans: "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." It seems Fox might be back to square one all over again, but one has to wonder just what they were expecting from Carnahan, not only given his style and aesthetic, but also based on the source material they're apparently using.

Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s "Born Again" has been cited as the starting point for the movie, and it's pretty dark stuff. The story reveals that Karen Page leaves the law offices of Nelson & Murdock to make it big as an actress, but instead succumbs to heroin addiction and begins starring in porno movies. Desperate for a hit, she sells off Matt Murdock's alter ego, and it's not long before Kingpin uses the info to drive Murdock to destitution and insanity. But yeah, it's pretty R-rated fare -- or, at least, a bit more grim than the rest of Fox's superhero movie output to date. So perhaps that's why they're balking at the moment?

Either way, it's another roadblock for the studio who need to sort something out with Marvel/Disney fast to retain the rights, or they'll watch them disappear. We have to admit, we like Carnahan for the gig, and certainly he seemed inspired, and fans will have a lot to say as the next few weeks play out. Do you think Fox is making a mistake? Weigh in below. [via MTV]

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  • StephenM | August 14, 2012 4:33 PMReply

    Carnahan sounded perfect for this. Daredevil stories are always dark and gritty (except for Mark Waid's newest run, but the movie isn't going to be based on that so who cares). Outside of Batman we haven't seen a really tough urban crime-film superhero, and Daredevil is plenty different from Batman's gothic-epic style to be and feel unique and attract new viewers. Disappointing.

  • Huffy | August 14, 2012 11:44 AMReply

    Tom Rothman and co. saying no to what sounds like a genuinely original and interesting idea? You don't say? Sarcasim and Fox bashing aside I do hope this happens. Carnahan is a great fit for the character and seems like he could actually put a unique spin on the character. If the rights revert back to Marvel chances are they'd make it fit into their bland, whitewashed cinematic universe just so they can pitch their next movie with a ten second cameo.

  • Sauce | August 14, 2012 9:12 PM

    Yeah FOX just said they wanted nothing to do with a dark Daredevil movie. But your complaining about Marvel getting it. Because you think their Daredevil movie would look like Avengers. Even though if you actually read the comics. You would know that Daredevil is completely different style to the Avengers. Which Marvel of all people should be aware of since you know "They Wrote It!". Fox has no clue what to do with the character. The Ben Affleck movie prove that. Let Marvel have a crack at it.

  • catttt | August 14, 2012 11:19 AMReply

    If Warner Bros owned the rights to this, Carnahan's cameras would be rolling already.

  • Wash | August 14, 2012 4:18 PM

    Because Warner Bros is known for quickly executing their super hero films that they have in develop? Let me just pop in my Blu Ray copies of Joss Whedon's Wonder Woman or Nicholas Winding Refn's Wonder Woman or George Miller's Justice League or David Goyer's Flash or Shawn Levy's Flash or Greg Berlanti's Flash or Darren Arnofsky's Batman Year One or McG's Superman: FlyBy or Tim Burton's Superman Lives. Oh wait, I can't do any of those things. At least I have the Green Lantern sequel with Ryan Reynolds to look forward to...

  • Mr Anonymous | August 14, 2012 9:03 AMReply

    It's pretty obvious what the problem with Fox is. They want this to be a franchise and it must be teen friendly! That's where the money lies. Anyone wanting to make a Daredevil not teen friendly will get shot down in flames ala Carnahan. Shame. Fox just don't have a fucking clue! May as well give the movie to Michael Bay to direct since it'll be a fuck-up anyway no matter what.

  • Smitzy | August 14, 2012 9:23 AM

    Teen-friendly doesnt mean it cannot appeal to grown-ups, look at what Nolan's done with the Batman series.

    Fox need to let Joe Carnahan do his thing.

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