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Wednesday, May 7, 2014



Joe Carnahan Talks Failed 'Daredevil' Reboot & Mark Millar's 'Nemises' Adapation


Back in late 2012 FOX was getting down to the wire to get a Daredevil movie rebooted. They had until October to start production on the film or the rights revert back to Marvel Studios. Well, after director David Slade left the project FOX brought on director Joe Carnahan to try to piece together a last attempt to make the film. He pieced together a sizzle real for the movie but time ran out. FOX tried trading Galactus & Silver Surfer to Marvel for more time on Daredevil but Marvel Studios wasn't budging and the rest his history....

While speaking with Moviepilot (via Comic Book Therapy) Joe Carnahan talks about his take on the Man Without Fear....
"What people don’t realize about the DD project is that the producers of the film, got to me very late. They had a script that I read and I thought that while the action was wonderful, the story didn’t really have any additional bite. There was nothing I suggested a trilogy as follows. ‘Daredevil ‘73’ ‘Daredevil ‘79’ and ‘Daredevil ‘85’ where I was going to do a kind of ‘cultural libretto’ and make the music of those eras a kind of thematic arc . So the first one would be Classic Rock, the second one would be Punk Rock and the third film would be ‘New Wave.’ The problem was, the option was almost set to lapse so we made an eleventh hour bid to Marvel to retain the rights for a bit longer so I could rework the script. Unfortunately, it just didn’t happen. Marvel wanted the rights back. I don’t blame them."

Of course we all know now that Marvel Studios is making Daredevil into a live-action Netflix series and the leader of the Defenders in the future. He then goes onto talk about his completed script on Mark Millars comic Nemesis...
"I think the biggest challenge with Nemesis is that it’s just a motherf***er of screenplay in that it pushes a lot of buttons and does things that both expand and violate the traditional mores of the ‘comic book adaptation’ and that’s a scary conceit when The Dark Knight is considered the socio-political lynchpin of that particular universe. I think Nemesis f**ks with the genre in such a thumb-in-the-eye fashion that it might simply be something for another time and place. It’s incredibly topical and remains infuriatingly so. I chalk it up to another really wonderful script that my brother and I wrote that simply may be too smart-assed for its own good. My brother and I took our real inspiration from Nemesis in the fact that only one character, the bad guy, wore a costume. From their it deviates from the source material in a number of ways but what remains alive and well is Millar’s simmering disdain for the status quo and the relentless violence that characterizes the graphic novel."

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