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Sony Pictures looking to buy rights to Daredevil
November 23, 1999
Marvel Comics seem to be a hot property in tinsel town of late. Now it appears Sony Pictures might be closing in on acquiring another Marvel icon -- this time, it's the Man Without Fear.
According to Daily Variety's Michael Fleming, Sony Pictures Entertainment is near a deal to acquire rights to turn the Marvel Comics fixture "Daredevil" into a live-action feature. This occurs within the same month another Marvel mainstay, "Dr. Strange," was put on the fast-track. With Spider-Man's legal problems pretty much a thing of the past and the continued production of the X-Men film (now shooting in Toronto) it seems Hollywood can't get enough of the Marvel Bullpen's arsenal.
A Daredevil movie, though, is hardly 'new' news in Hollywood. The idea of a film starring the blind attorney by day/masked protector of the innocent by night has been floating around in Hollywood limbo for several years now with various names attached. Chris Columbus was once set to write and direct, but then passed it to Carlo Carlei when Columbus made a deal with Fox to do the "Fantastic Four" film.
While Fox may have the FF film, as well as, Bryan Singer's "X-Men" (set for a summer 2000 release) Marvel CEO, Avi Arad, was impressed by Sony's quick progress on "Spider-Man" after years of legal entanglements and decided to make the Daredevil deal there.
Can't wait for the movie? Then check out the DD spec script, BLIND JUSTICE featuring Elektra, Bullseye, and the Kingpin.
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