Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that Marvel Studios is overhauling its planned Daredevil reboot after letting head writers Chris Ord and Matt Corman go in late September.
The planned series, originally called Daredevil: Born Again (after the Frank Miller storyline), was supposed to follow the original Netflix Daredevil series that ran for three seasons between 2015 and 2018 and has been streaming on Disney+ for the past year and a half.
Announced in March 2022 as Daredevil began streaming on D+, the follow-up series had Charlie Cox returning as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who fights crime at night as Daredevil. Fewer than half of the series’ 18 episodes were shot before the strike shut down production. The episodic directors for the rest of the series were also let go in September with Ord and Corman remaining on as exec. producers.
According to Kit, Marvel executives reviewed the footage and decided what they watched wasn’t working, but this is just the latest in Marvel greenlighting and even shooting television studios for D+ that have been delayed or had plans change midstream. Ord and Corman seemed to be making something more akin to a legal procedural, rather than something that focuses on the action of the original series.
Marvel just launched Loki Season 2, starring Tom Hiddleston, last week, but other shows, such as Echo – a spin-off from Hawkeye, but actually a character connected to Daredevil and his arch-enemy, the Kingpin (played by Vincent D’Onofrio on the series) won’t be seen until January, 2024.
You can read the full story over at The Hollywood Reporter where Kit gets into the entire sordid history of Marvel’s attempt to make television in its own way, often shortchanging the writers and directors, discussing in detail what went wrong with Marvel’s previous Secret Invasion series.
This comes just as the WGA ends a five-month strike against the AMPTP for reasons like the ones discussed in Kit’s report.