After a proposed David Slade directed Daredevil reboot fell apart, the rights to the “Man Without Fear” seemed destined to revert back to Marvel on October 10th. According to Variety, Fox chairman Tom Rothman and Marvel are working on a deal that would see Fox retaining the rights, but giving up on The Fantastic Four. According to the report, the deal is prompted by current discussions Fox is currently having with director Joe Carnahan (Narc, The A-Team, The Grey). Apparently, Carnahan’s version would be “Frank Miller-esque, hardcore 70s thriller” take on Matt Murdock that would vary significantly from Disney/Marvel’s family-friendly tone. In return, Marvel would not only get the rights to the members of the Fantastic Four, but also the characters from the universe, including super villain Galactus, who supposedly would play a key role in future Marvel pics. Clearly, Marvel must have more use from the Fantastic Four than Daredevil at this point if they are willing to swap the rights. A gritty, R-Rated take on Daredevil might be the best direction for the character at this point (a la Punisher: War Zone). I’m not sold on Galactus as a big screen version after the dreadful Rise of the Silver Surfer, but it’s hard not to trust Marvel right now. A deal between the two parties has yet to happen, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Source : Variety