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Fox Daredevil Rights Lapsing On October 10 Back To Marvel They Go? A Hopefull New Director Jumps On Board And Possible Character Rights Swaping?   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Daredevil is really one of those Marvel characters that deserves a talented film maker to take the reins and deliver a kick ass, sick film from the late 70’s early 80’s source material. When growing up discovering the Frank Miller runs of the character far after they were new, I saw how raw, emotional and based in some realism a comic could be, as far as flawed human character behavior and fragility of relationships. All that with the fact that this guy is blind and can kick the ass of like 20 dudes at once in a red devil costume was a great hook for me. As I’ve grown up re reading these tales I see the real staying power of Daredevil as one of the coolest characters of the Marvel pantheon to me.

Then along comes director Mark Steven Johnson and Ben Affleck in 2003 to deliver an absolute ultimate 90 million dollar shit storm in the faces of fans courtesy of  20th Century Fox,  and my heart broke a little. Obviously not understanding the characters, story or what they had, Fox watered down the script and relationships so much on Johnson where the movie just has zero weight to it, and take some of the best marvel story lines and completely changes them like the studio got soap opera writers and producers that never ever read an issue of any comic or even gave a shit at all, to the point of paralleling the act of throwing a Molotov cocktail on the viewing audience that goes to these crap fests and hope not to get rammed up the ass yet again. Namely, me, my snooty geek buddies and you and yours.

The film front basically went silent for Daredevil for almost 8 year when Fox finally announced their reboot plans and attachment of director David Slade in the driver seat for the project. It could have been worse news, I like Slade’s earlier work before his Twilight series film, Hard Candy and 30 Days Of Night are both stylized, dark and graphic in the right ways. The word was he was working with a script/ idea some what based on the Frank Miller written 1986 comic story arc “Born Again” Daredevil comics issues #227-#233.

As of a about month ago David Slade dropped out of the project and it seemed like Daredevil was dead in the water again. Then an interesting article surfaced over at Variety stating that the rights were reverting back to Marvel as of October 10th this year unless they had a film in front of the cameras shooting before then, and Fox was so excited about a pitch done by director Joe Carnahan (Narc, A-Team, The Grey) for a gritty 70’s styled film, that they were in talks to get the rights extended for Daredevil in exchange for the rights to let Marvel Studios use Galactus and Silver Surfer  in future films. WOW, it all sounded too good to be true, Galactus and Silver Surfer back in the hand of Marvel would be a dream come true, especially with all the phase 2 films coming. Even the Joe Carnahan idea for the DD character sounded like something in the proper direction at least.

Very shortly after the Variety article a reply from 2oth Century Fox surfaced saying that “in no way was Galactus or Silver Surfer in play for a right swap”, and that the real intention of their meeting with Marvel was to determine whether they be interested in co financing the Joe Carnahan gritty 70’s styled Daredevil film to keep the character in play.

The real news on the matter dropped on director Joe Carnahan Twitter last night:

“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.”Continuing talking today on Twitter,

Carnahan asked if fans wanted to see his sizzle piece that he presented to Fox?

“DD pitch was tremendous and everyone flipped for it. The clock ticked down at Fox, that’s why it went t*ts up.”

He posted an NC-17 and a PG-13 version of the reel,  both below are available below for your viewing pleasure:

So it looks like Daredevil will be going home to Marvel and I don’t see Disney financing a cool ass NC-17 1970’s crime thriller version of the character, but I am hopeful we’ll see old DD given some much needed love and attention, we can only hope. I still believe it can happen, like Deadpool or Wolverine it seems hard to fuck up suck “home run” characters, but Fox has done their best crack at doing so. More than anything in my life right now I really need to see a quality film about a blind guy in a devil costume kicking everyone’s ass. Please make it happen Marvel, the ball hopefully will be back in your court October 10th. Give us all something to flip over, I dare you.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Wolverine 2 director rumors look promising, but again it is a Fox Marvel movie.   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Before you start this article has some major ranting about the quality of Fox Studios Marvel Movies no holds bared, colorful language and all. You’ve been warned, feel free to read on.

Oh no 20th Century Fox, here we go again….

I’ve been a pretty big comic enthusiast since I was a kid, Wolverine, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Daredevil were among my favorites as a lad. In the last decade 20th Century Fox has continually butchered the best and most epic Marvel story lines with few exceptions.

(2003) Fuck Up # 1-Daredevil- Director Mark Steven Johnson started with Frank Miller’s brilliant Dardevil stories and $90 million dollars, which  turned into a bad action movie with one dimensional characters, shitty CG and a complete raping of the love story between Electra and Matt Murdock which completely negates the death of Electra in the third act of the movie. Why should audience care about a relationship which started a few days before, instead of the way Miller originally wrote it? ( a long passionate”love of a life time” college romance that ended because of Electra’s father taking her away only to meet again more than a decade later in the battle field of the marvel universe) The death of Electra in the comics is raw,emotional, and plainly, EPIC.

(2005) Super Fuck Up #2- Fantastic Four- I was really looking forward to this one when I heard they were finally making it. I started to get frightened after hearing really bad casting news and a director that on the shoot hadn’t actually fully read any of the original origin comics which the movie was based on. ( I had more than 50 friends who worked on the production here in Vancouver BC Canada and they were amazed how little the director cared about the source material) Tim Story shouldn’t have been directing a comic book movie based on a comic he obviously didn’t give a shit about. So what does Fox do? Give him a sequel to fuck up as well. Which brings us to…

(2006) Big Dick Contest #3- X3:Last Stand- Now after Fan 4 I thought it couldn’t get any worse. Fox pissed on my first favorite Marvel Comic team. At least Brian Singer put together a few good X men movies. X2 set up the Dark Phoenix nicely with the last shot of that film. I was excited for X3 after that last scene, finally I was going to get to see a big screen Dark Phoenix Saga story. Then Brian Singer and Fox has a few differences of opinions on what his salary should be, so he left to do Superman Returns. The release date for Superman gets announced and Fox, a week later puts X3’s release the same date with no script, few or no major cast members signed and no director attached. Sounds like the way to treat your best preforming franchise.  Now at this point Fox does lured in Matthew Vaughn to take the directing reins (Layer Cake, Stardust,Kick Ass). He some how gets Kelsey Grammer to sign on to get in full make up for over a hundred days shoot, to play Hank McCoy/Beast (great casting),  the unsigned major cast sign on to the movie at far less than their regular salaries and puts together some direction to take the production, all in a month or so.

With no cohesive script or story direction Vaughn asked Fox to push back the release date considerably to be able to focus more on the story quality. Fox’s response was, NO FU@KING WAY!!!  So a hard, but right decision was made and the production was again without director, scheduled to go to camera in less than three months. With no real script, a great cast signed and set being build here in Vancouver they did what a mental patient on mushroom would do, bring on Brett Ratner to direct the film or to shit in loyal fans mouths depending on how you look at it. A guy who is more concerned that the waitress knows who he is and that he is directing X men 3 than anything to do with the movie he is directing. Not showing up for shooting for a few days with no one knowing where he was, 220 crew plus getting payed to drink coffee. Not to mention kill the best story line in the Marvel universe in my opinion by making the Dark Phoenix a bad D side plot. Fuck Me !(Now before you ask how I know these things, I had many friends that worked on this picture and was working with Fox at the time on another picture in Vancouver. I had many many conversations with the heads of Fox about Ratner and his attitude towards the picture) He didn’t give a shit obviously by the end result. Total shit storm of epic proportions. If you know the X-Men story lines from the comics you know the missed opportunity here, the people who made the movie still don’t. What Stupid Heads.

(2007) Super Fantastic Fuck Up #4- Fantastic Four 2:Rise Of The Silver Surfer- Besides the execution of the Silver Surfer flying effect, the movie was a complete shit fest. All of a sudden they attempt to fix the look of all the character that were criticized for being too unlike the comic. The Blond hair/ blue eyes on Alba, Dr. Doom’s suit changes. But the biggest embarrassment to the production design is the cloud that is in place of Galactus, a giant alien being that devours worlds . The fight between the giant super being and the Fantastic Four team in the comic is again epic in scale. The entire world is at stake and the silver surfer is the key. A really great read, a huge disappointment in the translation to  the movie and frankly a slap in the face to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original vision and story. Tim Story and Fox should be very embarrassed about these movies. An utter shit sandwich.

(2009)A Hundred and Forty Million Dollar Limp Dick #5- X-Men Origins: Wolverine- If it wasn’t for Huge Jackman as Logan, Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed aka Sabertooth and the small part that Ryan Reynolds Dead Pool got to play before fucking  him up, this movie would have been border line unwatchable. I love the World War 2 opening(wish there was more of that era) and the ideas of how old Logan and Victor’s relationship really is, but for a movie that cost $140 million dollars the technical mistakes take you out of the story enough to make it annoying to watch. Terribly obvious CG actor doubles, bad green screen back grounds that look like temp plates are the worst of this. You really want this story to work while you are watching it despite all it’s flaws, mostly because Jackman understands how to play the Wolverine character that has made him a action star and he’s a great actor making non existent material feel like it is going some where. But unfortunately it really doesn’t ever go any where good after about 45 minutes in, the last fight with Reynolds Dead Pool is a pile of steaming shit (for the record Dead Pool never got Scott Summers “laser vision” or was his mouth ever covered over to stop his shit talking)  even if you don’t know the proper comic story line, it feels like a tagged on ending trying to up the action of the picture that lags in story content, and frankly lacked any kind of real ending.

Which brings us to the story of at hand…

(2011) Wolverine 2- There is a screenplay based on the Frank Miller/ Chris Claremont’s four part comic mini series from screen writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Way of The Gun, Valkyrie) which takes Wolverine to Japan. This is a great story line and McQuarrie is a talented writer capable of delivering the goods. The most interesting news it the last two candidates rumored to be up for the directing gig. David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, Eclipse) and Darren Aronofsky ( Pi, Requiem For a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan).

I’m hoping that we get us an Aronofsky directed Wolverine picture. That would be a dream at this point. Maybe Fox will make the right decision on this one. Mathew Vaughn is back at Fox shooting X-Men First Class right now, which sounded like a horrible idea until he came on board as director. Now it seems to be one to look out for.

Keeping my fingers crossed for Aronofsky and Jackman to pair up again and end this lack of story focus and proper directing talent paired with the right project at 20th Century Fox. There’s still the reboot of Daredevil and Fantastic Four to worry about. What chumps do they have lined up this time. Only time will tell.

more to come soon.

J.
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