David Slade On His Vision For DAREDEVIL; Says The Yellow Suit Would Have Been Featured
Back in 2011, director David Slade (30 Days Of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) was hired by 20th Century Fox to helm a new Daredevil movie, which would have been based on Frank Miller's "Born Again" story arc. He remained attached to the project for over a year, with little development beyond a couple of writers working on the script. Last summer, it was confirmed that Slade had dropped out, due to his wanting to shoot NBC's Hannibal around the same time Fox wanted to film Daredevil in order to keep the rights. As we all should know, Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey) went on to take the director's reigns, and even posted a sizzle reel of what he had in mind. However, the Daredevil film rights finally reverted back to Marvel Studios last fall, but what Carnahan had in mind certainly seemed intriguing.
Slade, who was attached to direct a Daredevil flick for Fox before the film rights reverted back to Marvel, discusses what he had planned for the movie (which would have been set in the 70s) and reveals that Matt Murdock would've donned the original yellow suit.
Speaking with Film School Rejects while promoting Hannibal, Slade looked back on his take on the Marvel Comics character, saying that it was similar to what Carnahan had in mind (dark, Frank Miller-esque, set in the 70s). "[I saw it as] really complex and exciting. It was complicated [Laughs], and in the most unimaginable Fox way possible. I was really, really excited about it . . . It’s funny, I remember Joe Carnahan went after it hard when the rights were about to go. He cut together that thing that was great and exciting, but it was kind of sad, in a way, because everything in that trailer we had attempted to do [Laughs]. Every single thing." He then goes into what we could've expected from the story, including the role of the Irish mafia and the inclusion of the famous yellow suit (which was Matt Murdock's original costume when the Man Without Fear debuted in 1964). "It’s in the 70s, Kingpin is going through New York dealing with the Irish mafia, and there’s Daredevil in the yellow suit. It was all there! You know, it’s a big studio film and it’s tougher…there are certain people who are really good at that, and I hope to be really good at that. I will continue to try my best."
You can watch Carnahan's Daredevil sizzle reel below. Would you have liked to see the Man Without Fear's next big screen outing like this?
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