With Fox deciding not to go with Joe Carnahan’s version of ‘Daredevil’, it looks pretty certain that the film rights to the character are now going to revert back to Marvel. With no director and the October deadline looming, the studio has seemed to resigned themselves with the fact that the ‘Daredevil’ film will not get made.
With this in mind, Carnahan has once again headed to Twitter to explain to fans what happened. Apparently, although the studio loved his pitch, the fact that Carnahan would have to write the script and shoot the film at the same time would have led to disastrous results and time was running out.
The studio already has a script written by David James Kelly for the movie but unlike Carnahan’s version, it was set in modern times. To have to ditch the script for a whole new one and to start filming in less than two months would have been an injustice to the fans of the comic series and a big financial gaffe for the studio. In these financial times, studios can’t afford to throw money out the window on a half thought out and obviously rushed project.
So as a treat to the fans that supported him, Carnaham decided to share the sizzle reels he made to pitch his ‘Daredevil’ ideas to Fox. For those of you wondering, a sizzle reel is a compilation of stock footage, music, comic panels, and anything else used to create a trailer of sorts without having to film anything. They are used in pitches to try and capture the mood of what the film will be like. Using comic book panels, footage from a variety of 70’s movies and clips from the 2003 Ben Affleck’s ‘Daredevil’, Carnahan shows that he would have certainly taken the franchise to a different and unique level .
There are two versions of Carnahan’s vision: one rated PG-13 and the other rated NC-17. The difference between the two is the amount of gruesomeness and violence depicted.
In both cases, the two sizzle reels definitely showcase the “Frank Miller-esque hardcore 70’s thriller’ that has been said about Carnahan’s vision for ‘Daredevil’. What do you think? Would you have gone and see his version in theaters?
‘Daredevil’ Sizzle Reel – PG-13:
‘Daredevil’ Sizze Reel – NC-17: