There is an interesting story over at Deadline regarding the current state of Daredevil as a movie property and movie licensing. According to Mike Fleming, 20th Century Fox has just lost David Slade as the director of the movie reboot. While it isn’t surprising that a movie loses its director, it is interesting that by losing the Slade, the studio may have put their claim on Daredevil in jeopardy.
I don’t know the exact details of the deal with Marvel, but it looks like Fox will lose the movie rights this Autumn (officially starts September 22, 2012) if they don’t get the movie in to production. In production is the weird part, as I interpret that as meaning principal photography with the director, but others at Major Spoilers think it could mean anything having to do with a camera, location, actors, and the property.
While I have talked for years on property rights and keeping movies in production to retain those rights, this might be one of the first times in recent memory where this stumble could be a big win for Marvel and Disney. On the other hand, it won’t surprise me if Fox finds any ol’ director to get this project off the ground and not give two shakes about the end result.
Why can’t David Slade direct? The NBC show Hannibal has gone into production, and he won’t be available for a while.
Let’s put our tinfoil hat on, shall we? David Slade directing for NBC. NBC just sold the A&E Network to Disney for $3.03 billion. Seems like there could be a little behind the scenes stuff going on to force Fox’s hand and revert the property to Disney this way.
Nah… that would never happen… would it?
Of all the recent comic book movie stories, this is one we will be watching closely.