It looks like the man without fear has become the man without a director today, as Daredevil director David Slade has pulled out of the project.
Following in the footsteps of The Incredible Hulk the new Daredevil is part sequel part reboot to ’03s Ben Affleck version. The current script, a re-write by David James Kelly, is based on the ‘Born Again’ series, which first hit the news-stands back in 1986. Appropriately enough it’s a story that sees the Kingpin reducing Dardevil, and alter-ego Matt Murdoch, to his component parts, before Murdoch picks himself up and starts again.
David Slade – director of 30 Days Of Night and Twilight: Eclipse – signed on as a director back in 2011, but has now left the film due to commitment issues with his new TV series Hannibal. This poses something of a problem for 20th Century Fox, because if they don’t get something off the ground by the Autumn the rights will revert to Marvel.
Fox are obviously keen to keep hold of the superheroes they have, but potentially situations like this could see all of Marvels heroes coming home. That’s not necessarily a bad thing of course, especially as the Born Again story features a cameo from The Avengers, but it’s always nice seeing a fresh approach to these stories. Not to mention the danger that Marvel might not have any plans for DD in the current Marvel universe.
The Ben Affleck version – a decade old next year! – was a little disappointing, but it did serve to bring one of the first disabled superheroes to the public eye. A new version with a new DD and a new Kingpin, and no Bullseye, would hopefully breath new life into the legend of the man without fear. Let’s just hope Fox find that director soon.
Josh Harnett is not being considered as the new Daredevilin David Slade’s planned reboot for the Marvel superhero. Twitter struck again as Slade seemed to almost confirm Josh Hartnett as the considered star in the new Daredevil. However, the director was simply answering a follower’s question in earnest when the frenzy started. Slade later confirmed again by Twitter that no actors are being considered for the role currently, including Josh Hartnett.
Josh Hartnett and David Slade previously worked together on 30 Days Of Night, and this seems to be where the connection starts and ends for now. However, judging by his tweet Slade is a fan of Hartnett’s. “I had the pleasure of working with Josh on 30 Days, an excellent and underrated actor and a wonderful human being,” states Slade, which he quickly followed with “Yep, nope, Josh Hartnett is not being discussed or anyone else for DD [Daredevil] that was just some wishful thinking, we are not at casting stage.”
Josh Hartnett previously turned down the role of Superman, admitting that he didn’t want to be locked into a three-picture deal. The actor also lost out on the role of Loki in Thor, and consequently The Avengers, in favour of Tom Hiddleston. So it seems that Hartnett is at the forefront of certain directors/producers when it comes to the realms of superhero productions.
Details confirmed for Daredevil include the story which will take elements from Frank Miller’s Born Again series. That means we could see villains such as Nuke and a reinvention of the Kingpin. The only people confirmed as attached to the movie are producer Peter Chernin (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) and Slade who also confirmed the film will not be shot in a 3D format.
In 2010 it was announced that 2003’s Daredevil would be receiving a reboot and David Slade (30 Days of Night, Twilight Saga: Eclipse) would be the director. The original film was not particularly well-received by critics and audiences alike, and with a ‘rotten’ rating of 45% on Rotten Tomatoes, a reboot only seems like a perfect idea. Christopher Nolan has made a brilliant name for himself with his Dark Knight trilogy, Joss Whedon’s Avengers Assemble has already received phenomenal success and, now, David Slade should be looking to create something just as fantastic with his reboot of Daredevil.
Lately, all has been quiet on the Daredevil front, until now. The script has been drafted by Brad Caleb Kane (a former writer for television show Fringe), however, Fox has announced that it is going to be rewritten by David James Kelly.
The script written by Kane is said to be based on one of Frank Miller‘s comic book stories ‘Born Again’. The plot is as follows: The Kingpin destroys Matt Murdock’s life, after finding out that he is “The Man Without Fear.” This story would be great for the reboot, considering the ending to 2003’s Daredevil saw The Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) discover our hero’s true identity (played by actor Ben Affleck).
Despite the script being written by someone who is little-known, with a director like David Slade and a planned plot that will link the reboot to the 2003 film, this news is definitely something to get excited about.
I adore books (my flat-mate’s cupcake frosting and Billy Burke rank highly too, but that’s a different story). I’m a voracious reader. To say that I’m bit of a bibliophile is an understatement. My ideal home would have hundreds of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves to accommodate the ever growing mountainous stack of tomes (or like my friends have suggested, I could just live in a library). Like any self-confessed book lover, I have a list of my favourite reads. Books that make the cut on this individualised inventory (like a personalised New York Times Best Seller List) are revered as they sit elevated above the plethora of pedestrian books.
Don’t ask me why, but I feel protective about my personal list, like a lioness jealously guarding its precious young. (Not to say that I’m fierce or jealous but you get my drift about the defensive bit). Whenever one of my personal favourites is adapted into a film, I’m filled with conflicting feelings. Anticipation, bucket loads of expectation and delicious eagerness. And of course, frustrated disappointment culminating in full-on fury when the adaptation doesn’t live up to the book.
The Twilight saga is unfortunately, a classic example. I love the books. I love Stephanie Meyer. This woman can write (I adore Stephen King, but have to vehemently disagree with him when he publicly doubts her writing skills). Her characters are to die for (no pun intended) and the prose deliciously dreamy. Top that with a beautifully engaging narrative and all the Twilight books are an absolute joy to read.
The films, on the other hand, are – how can I put this diplomatically? At the risk of provoking ire from Twihards (that’s hardcore Twilight fans to those unfamiliar with the Bella-Edward saga); the films are dire in comparison to the books. Atrocious and ghastly in equal measure, I recall my displeasure growing with each cinematic instalment as I struggled to understand how something so brilliant could be trashed oh so tragically.
I will give credit where it’s due. The first Twilight film was good, with Catherine Hardwicke at the directorial helm doing the book great justice. She had the right idea about the film. She understood the novel completely and captured the soul of the story without compromising its essence. The finished product wasn’t overtly cheesy and the dark tone of the film beautifully reflected teenage angst to magnificent effect. The first instalment was oh so watchable, because the script was tight, dialogue top-notch and the cinematography nothing short of amazing.
But nothing in life is perfect (unless you’re Queen Rania of Jordan). One of my biggest gripes with the series is that of casting. Don’t get me wrong – Robert Pattinson was perfect as the sparkly vampire, whilst Taylor Lautner, despite his relatively short on-screen time, gave a half-decent performance. The talented Billy Burke was fabulous to watch (when will this guy get a lead role he so blatantly deserves?) and Ashley Greene and Rachelle Lefevre gave some brilliant performances too.
(There are some things beyond my comprehension, such as Summit’s decision to replace Lefevre and Hardwicke in the sequel, which I think is plain ludicrous, but that’s a story for another day.)
The bulk of the Twilight cast could actually act. A notable exception is that of the female lead and Kristen Stewart has to be the biggest disappointment. One dimensional and monotonous at best, her characterisation of Bella had me wondering if the powers that be at Summit, had actually viewed her scenes. Surely no self-respecting producer/editor/anyone with eyes in their head could see that the girl simply couldn’t act? Kristen certainly looks the part, yet her depiction of Bella is blasphemous. The character of Bella is not supposed to be moody, boring, snappy or annoying (after all, Edward, Jacob and a few others vie for her affections in the book, so she can’t be all that bad, can she?). Watching the films, it is difficult to imagine what the hell these boys see in her. Kristen is pretty, but her looks counteract her painfully vacuous on-screen character. I try to see the good in everything, really I do, which is why I try to reason with myself that maybe Kristen can act, but she hides it pretty well (why she would hide her acting skills is beyond me, but hey, I’m just trying to understand a seemingly non-sensical situation).
Acting aside, it was all downhill post Twilight. Despite New Moon and Eclipse being massive money spinners raking in millions at the box office, they failed to impress me. Of course I saw these films in the cinema. Like observing a car crash in silent repulsion, I watched the films just out of morbid curiosity to see how bad it could get. The films left me horror struck (not because of the supernatural quality, but due to them being inexplicably dreadful to watch).
The Twilight saga has legions of fans; both books and films are enormously popular. Winning numerous accolades (from MTV Movie to Teen Choice Awards), there is no denying the universal appeal of the vampire/human love story. Chris Weitz and David Slade (directors for New Moon and Eclipse respectively) both tried their hands with mediocre results. With Bill Condon’s offering (the hugely anticipated Breaking Dawn Part One) due for release later this year, I hope and pray that there is a vast improvement in the acting area (I’m not holding my breath). Watching the Twilight saga is like seeing a dying relative who has reached point of no-return; I watch on with a heavy heart. The films can’t get better. If they do, it’ll be a bloody miracle.