Speaking to The Radio Dan Show (transcription from Collider), Joe Carnahan talked in detail about his take on the Daredevil reboot (you can see two sizzle reels for it by clicking here) and practically confirmed the rights will be going back to Marvel come October. The director of The Grey makes it clear that Fox loved his pitch for the movie, but realistically it was impossible given the deadline involved.
“I was brought in pretty late in the game, and my take probably didn’t help matters since they had an existing script. But I just thought that if you were going to do it, this was the way to go. This is the way that intrigued me…It was initially something I passed on because Christopher Nolan had done such a lovely job with Batman and unless you’re going to go after that trilogy, then that’s how you have to think. You can’t out-hurdle that, then what’s the point of trying? So it set the bar extraordinarily high, and I thought ‘Well, if we’re going to do this, let’s have a discussion about Hell’s Kitchen, and how it was really Hell’s Kitchen in the 70s,” so that got me really excited. But as I mentioned, the clock ticking and this kind of October drop-dead date, it wasn’t tenable. And having gone down this road in the past when you’re trying to write something and shoot it at the same time is disastrous, and I think you’d need an adequate amount of time to put that script together in the right way. My brother [Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom)] was interested in writing it with me, so we’ll see.”
Carnahan talks about why he thinks it was a good idea to set the movie in the 70′s and make it a period piece, ala X-Men: First Class.
“As I’m finishing my kind of reimagining of Death Wish, I think the 70s is figuring into my conscious and subconscious mind right now. I think it was the last time music and movies were just tremendous. We just cranked out some great stuff. I think that’s why the sizzle reel is able to be kind of abstract because people have such great fondness in their hearts for that decade, particularly the early part of that decade. I’m excited; you know the idea of having Daredevil on top of a building somewhere with the Serpico marquee in the background was enough, that image was enough, for me to want to make the movie.”
Due to the rights returning to Marvel it sadly looks like we’ll never see his take on the Man Without Fear. Would you have liked to see it on the big screen? Sound off below.