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Daredevil being rebooted under David Slade

It was probably just a matter of time. The original Daredevil film starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Gardner, and directed by Mark Steven Johnson is now a whole EIGHT years old after all, so the franchise was do a reboot.

The website Commingsoon.net is reporting that 20th Century Fox has begun negotiating with David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse, 30 Days of Night) to reboot the franchise. It will not be connected to the previous film or its spin-off Elektra.

The news isn’t all that surprising, and not just because Hollywood seems to be allergic to new ideas. The current deal between 20th Century Fox and Marvel was set to expire unless the studio has a Daredevil film in production. If the film isn’t in production by the end of this year, the property will revert back to Marvel Studios, which is now owned by Disney and–more importantly–is now making its own movies based on its properties.

The hiring of Slade is not yet a done deal, but if it go through, Slade will likely begin work on Daredevil after completing work on the horror film The Last Voyage of the Demeter, which chronicles the voyage of the ship that brought the a legendary vampire to England in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.