– by Joseph Jammer Medina

As we speak, fans are consuming the second season of DAREDEVIL, the hard-hitting, gritty adaptation of the comic book superhero. In celebration of this new season, the folks over at Screen Crush thought to reminisce on times long gone, and have even dug up the old sizzle reel footage for a more mature film that never happened.

It may be hard to believe now, but not too long ago,the proposition of a quality DAREDEVIL adaption was a tall order. The mid-2000s Ben Affleck adaptation had certainly left a bad taste in most fans’ mouth, and even Fox, the studio that had the rights to the character at the time, was careful in its approach of any potential future adaptations. But of course, the big problem they were facing was time. In order to retain rights to the Daredevil character, they needed to produce a new film, and fast. 

Fox turned to director Joe Carnahan, who had directed THE A-TEAM and THE GREY. They sent him a script, which he did not like, and as a result, he pitched a whole new version of the adaptation, which would be set in the 1970s.

“I suggested a trilogy as follows. ‘Daredevil ‘73’ ‘Daredevil ‘79’ and ‘Daredevil ‘85’ where I was going to do a kind of ‘cultural libretto’ and make the music of those eras a kind of thematic arc . So the first one would be Classic Rock, the second one would be Punk Rock and the third film would be ‘New Wave.’”

Not only did he pitch this idea, but he also put together a sizzle reel–which is something of a trailer meant to give a tone and feel of a proposed project. The reel consists of footage for the mid-2000s DAREDEVIL film, among many others, and does a good job of avoiding all similarities to the original adaptation.

You can check out the reel below!

This reel seemed to have come in the nick of time, but according to Screen Crush, it wasn’t soon enough. In order to keep the character rights, they would’ve needed to extend the contract with Marvel. Considering Marvel’s own plans for the character, the company was not in the mood to give up the character any longer. The rights reverted back to Marvel, and the rest is history.

But what do you think of the reel? Do you think you’d be interested in seeing this version of the Daredevil character? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: bastardoleonardo, Screen Crush

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.