Joe Carnahan's <i>Daredevil</i> Idea Just 'Went Up In Smoke' At Fox

Fox hasn't had an easy time with its planned follow-up to Daredevil, the 2003 film that starred Ben Affleck as Marvel's blind superhero. After about three years of inactivity, the project sprang to life last year, when David Slade (30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) signed on to direct an adaptation of the influential "Born Again" storyline by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli.

But then after months of relative silence, broken only by the announcement of a script rewrite, Slade abruptly exited the project in early July because of a scheduling conflict, leaving the studio to scramble to begin production or risk the Daredevil rights reverting back to Marvel. Nestled within that report was news that Fox was in talks with Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces, The Grey) to helm a take on the superhero characterized as a "Frank Miller-esque, hardcore '70s thriller."

However, now it appears as if studio executives, who were said just last week to be "high on Carnahan's take," may have cooled on the director's pitch.

"Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids," Carnahan wrote last night on Twitter. "We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone's side."

Fox reportedly has to begin shooting by Oct. 10, or else Marvel can reclaim the film rights to the Man Without Fear.

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