BREAKING: Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ Literally Being ‘Born Again’; New Writers & Directors Coming Aboard To Save Series
Not even Matt Murdock could have seen this coming…
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daredevil: Born Again is undergoing a massive overhaul. When we say massive, think Galactus.
The site reports that following the production’s pause amid the WGA strike, Kevin Feige and other Marvel executives made the decision to quietly reboot the show – without really rebooting it. The decision came after viewing the little bit of footage that had already been shot – only a fraction of the 18 episodes ordered had been completed. Still, that was enough for the studio to change course.
Last month, Marvel reportedly let go of the hired head writers Chris Ord and Matt Corman. It also released the directors hired to helm the rest of the season. Now, it’s scouring Hollywood for brand new talent to re-conceptualize, re-write and then re-direct the series – literally.
Now, that’s not to say that Ord and Corman are entirely off the hook. Marvel plans to keep some scenes and episodes that have already been written and filmed, though there will be numerous new elements injected, Corman and Ord will now be credited as executive producers on the series, which is now being shopped as a two-season series.
THR further notes that change is not only the product of Feige and company’s displeasure with the results of the show so far, but rather the reception of another recent Marvel series, Secret Invasion. The show was one of several green-lit during the early days of Disney+ where quantity was put above quality. It looks like that is no longer the motto.
The studio tells THR it plans on bringing full-time TV execs on board, rather than borrowing its film executives. That doesn’t mean you won’t see Kevin Feige’s name attached to every new Marvel/Disney+ show, but rather that more creatives with a history of working on serialized stories will be joining each show’s creative time.
“We need executives that are dedicated to this medium, that are going to focus on streaming, focus on television,” says Brad Winderbaum, Marvel’s head of streaming, television and animation. “They are two different forms.”
The development process is also getting an overhaul. Each show will be required to have an actual pilot and a bible, mapping out where the series could go. The plan is to have less limited series and more shows that run for several season with exciting arcs and meaningful character relationships.
The site points out that Marvel doesn’t want their Disney+ content to just feel like a set up for the next crossover.
This is a breaking story. Expect this article to be updated as more info comes out.