Screenwriter hired for <i>Daredevil</i> movie reboot

Spider-Man isn't the only Marvel superhero-movie franchise destined for a reboot. Fox-affiliated New Regency, which produced 2003's Daredevil, has hired screenwriter David Scarpa to have another go at the Man Without Fear.

The first movie, which starred Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Garner, received mixed reviews at best, grossed about $102 million domestically and spawned the widely panned spin-off Elektra.

Rumors of a Daredevil do-over have circulated since at least 2008, when in the wake of a tepid summer 20th Century Fox reassessed its superhero properties.

By pushing forward with the reboot, the studio bolsters its superhero slate -- Fox holds the X-Men and Fantastic Four licenses -- and keeps the property in active development, which prevents it from reverting back to Marvel.

Scarpa wrote the screenplays for the 2001 thriller The Last Castle and the 2008 remake of the sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still. The first Daredevil was written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson, who went on to helm Ghost Rider.

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