Rumours have surfaced before about a possible new film in the Daredevil series, new speculation is discussing a potential director to be attached. The previous Daredevil film was released in 2003 starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, the film was written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson who also worked on the spin off film ‘Elektra’, as well as the Nicholas Cage starring ‘Ghost Rider’, not really a body of work to be overly excited about.
The 2003 Daredevil was loosely based around some of Frank Millar’s work on the book, and even included him as a cameo in the film, along with Kevin Smith. The film was reportedly made with a production budget of $80 million, and went on to gross approximately $179 million worldwide, with $102 million of that being domestically within the US.
With lacklustre box office results, and mixed critical success any plans for a sequel were shelved and haven’t been revisited in any hurry. Following the release of the theatrical version, in 2004 a directors cut DVD of Daredevil surfaced which included substantial alternations to the original film such as the removal of a subplot and the addition of approximately 30 minutes of previously unseen material.
The directors cut is a vast improvement over the original film, which is speculated to have been edited in order to include more screen time for Jennifer Garner who was starring in the successful spy/action series ‘Alias’ at the time. Anyone disappointed by the original theatrical cut of Daredevil but who would still be interested in an improved version owe it to themselves to see the directors cut.
As mentioned above it seems 20th Century Fox are aiming to recruit a director for a potential new film. David Slade’s name is rumoured to be in consideration, his previous films include ’30 Days of Night’, and ‘Twilight: Eclipse’.
With such little detail around for any new Daredevil film, no mention of writers or cast, let alone release dates file this one under rumour mill until further announcements come.