Is Fox in danger of losing 'Daredevil' back to Marvel?
20th Century Fox has taken plenty of heat over the years for their handling of comic book properties, some of which I've applied personally, but any fan of the modern age of superhero movies has to acknowledge that if they hadn't taken a chance on "X-Men" when they did, things might look very different right now.
They're still very much in the Marvel business, and it looks like they've made it official now that they'll be rebooting "Fantastic Four" with Josh Trank directing. I really liked his work on "Chronicle," and I think it'll be interesting to see what sort of aesthetic he brings to the property. They never really found a tone that worked in the first two films, but I believe that "Fantastic Four" could be one of the biggest franchises in all of superhero cinema if they get it right.
What's more interesting is that David Slade has left "Daredevil," which means Fox has to scramble now to get someone onboard to start production on the film this fall, or they risk having the rights revert to Marvel.
That would be a pretty significant business blow for Fox, but we're at that point now where some big choices are going to have to be made by the studios that have the various Marvel properties under option. They have to keep making these films on a regular schedule or give the properties back, and in some cases, there's no good choice there. Fox evidently has a "Daredevil" script that they like a lot, so they seem like they're in good shape. It's just a matter of finding the right person to step in and really find the right way to bring the project to life.
I'm curious to see which studio is first to break down and beg Marvel to strike a cross-over deal that allows them to put their version of the Marvel characters into the carefully constructed world that Marvel has been putting together in their own films. Will it be 20th Century Fox with either "Daredevil," "Fantastic Four," or any of the various "X-Men" related characters they own?
Or will it be Sony, eager to capitalize on just how much people seem to love Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man? If they announced that he was going to pop up in "The Avengers 2," I think things would get crazy for both companies, and there's no limit to the money they could make.
Whatever the case, we'll see what decisions Fox makes in the coming months, and we'll be paying close attention to see who owns Daredevil when all is said and done.