There have recently been rumors milling about that Fox is high on Joe Carnahan relaunching “Daredevil,” though there appears to be a fly in the ointment.
That fly being that, unless the film is in production by the 10th of this coming October, the rights to the character revert back to Marvel.
This is happening because Twentieth Century Fox originally planned to have David Slade direct, though he left to do “Hannibal” instead.
And the likelihood that “Daredevil” production will ramp up from now to the 10th of October is very, very unlikely, if not impossible.
One school of though has it that Marvel, by allowing Fox to keep the Daredevil property, will give them back the rights to use the Silver Surfer and Galactus, from the Fantastic Four.
Another says that Fox intends to swap properties with Marvel, allowing them to keep Daredevil, while giving Marvel back the Fantastic Four–unlikely because, while Daredevil may be awaiting a director, supposedly the Fantastic Four doesn’t have the same problem (Josh Trank, director of “Chronicle”), which makes it a bit more unlikely that they would abandon the project.
I think that the most likely answer for Fox is that the studio should be allow Marvel to have the Silver Surfer and Galactus, in exchange for Daredevil.
First, in the right hands, Daredevil could be a darker take on Spider-Man, and extremely profitable if done faithfully. After all, the first film took in almost $180 million dollars worldwide on a budget of $78 million.
Not too shabby. Now imagine how well it would do with someone like Zach Efron as Daredevil?
If that little bit of information doesn’t have Fox executives salivating, the image below should.
His name is Annihilus, and he’s from the Negative Zone. I show him to illustrate that if Fox executives cannot find other enemies for the Fantastic Four than Galactus and the Silver Surfer, then they aren’t worth the (probably) extravagant sums of money that they are being paid.
image courtesy of Bowen Designs and NASA
And I readily admit that part of my reasoning is that I would really like to see Galactus and the Silver Surfer at Marvel, though if Fox decides to let the characters go, they will have another franchise ON TOP of The Fantastic Four.