Hard Candy director David Slade seemed like a great choice to direct Fox’s Daredevil sequel/reboot. So it’s too bad that he won’t be making it after all. Deadline announced today, in the midst of Comic Con 2012, that the new Daredevil movie is seeking a new director. Immediately.
If Fox doesn’t get started on a new Daredevil movie by this fall, the rights could revert back to Marvel Studios and Disney. Obviously, for comic book fans this would be cause for celebration, but with high- and even medium-profile comic book properties in short supply – and comic book movies still the toast of Hollywood – even the most hardcore Matt Murdock fans can understand Fox’s reluctance to let go of the property, even if Mark Steven Johnson’s 2003 film was considered a disappointment.
Fox reportedly has a script it likes – or, if we’re reading between the lines, potentially just willing to settle for given the time constraints – but Slade decided to leave the project due to time constraints with shooting the pilot episode of “Hannibal.”