Fox and Marvel set to make a deal over Daredevil and Fantastic Four?
With a deadline to reboot Daredevil looming, Fox might make a deal with Marvel to buy itself more production time...
Well, this is certainly an interesting turn of events. The rights for Daredevil will soon revert back to Marvel, putting Fox in something of a tricky position.
Basically, the studio has until the 10th October to start production on a Daredevil reboot – which would have been fine had the recent plan of having David Slade direct not fallen through. Fox is now looking to Joe Carnahan, who has a number of impressive films to his name, not least the magnificent, wolf-laden The Grey, which was particularly well-received. Granted, his attempt at a blockbuster in the form of The A-Team didn't perform too well at the box office, some might argue that it's a much better film than many give it credit for.
Obviously, having a director attached at this late stage with the threat of a deadline looming could result in the film being made in less than favourable conditions – conditions that aren't necessarily conducive to producing a quality film. With this in mind, Fox is reportedly in talks with Marvel to arrange a swap of characters in order to retain the rights to the Daredevil franchise for a bit longer.
Basically, this will enable Fox to take their time with Daredevil – but at a cost. The reported deal would allow Marvel access to the Fantastic Four characters, which Fox currently own.
This does sound like a deal that both parties could benefit from, as I'm sure Marvel will be quite keen to regain some of the characters whose rights it gave up over the years, and Fox will get to press ahead with what has been described as a “Frank Miller-esque, hardcore 70s thriller” version of Daredevil. It will be interesting to see what impact, if any, this potential deal has on Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot.
More on the deal as we get it.