Would-be Daredevil director Joe Carnahan talks reboot

A-Team director Joe Carnahan on what happened to his Daredevil reboot and why set it in the 70s

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Ben Affleck Ben Affleck as Daredevil in the 2003 movie.

Speaking to The Radio Dan Show, A-Team director Joe Carnahan spoke at length about his Seventies, exploitation-style reboot for Daredevil, saying, “I was brought in pretty late in the game, and my take probably didn’t help matters since they had an existing script.  But I just thought that if you were going to do it, this was the way to go.

“This is the way that intrigued me,” Carnahan continued of the setting. “It was initially something I passed on because Christopher Nolan had done such a lovely job with Batman and unless you’re going to go after that trilogy, then that’s how you have to think.

“You can’t out-hurdle that, then what’s the point of trying?  So it set the bar extraordinarily high, and I thought ‘Well, if we’re going to do this, let’s have a discussion about Hell’s Kitchen, and how it was really Hell’s Kitchen in the Seventies,’ so that got me really excited.

“But as I mentioned, the clock ticking and this kind of October drop-dead date, it wasn’t tenable.  And having gone down this road in the past when you’re trying to write something and shoot it at the same time is disastrous, and I think you’d need an adequate amount of time to put that script together in the right way.  My brother [The Kingdom‘s Matthew Michael Carnahan] was interested in writing it with me, so we’ll see.”

Check out Joe Carnahan’s ‘sizzle reel’ samples for his Daredevil reboot here.