With the writers strike now over, it hasn’t taken long for Disney to swing the axe. Daredevil: Born Again will now start over, Marvel executives were not happy with footage they had seen, with less than half of the planned 18 episodes being shot, it was deemed that the show isn’t working.
Head writers Chris Ord and Matt Corman along with series directors have now been released from the project. Marvel Studios are now searching for a team of new writers and directors for a full creative reboot.
Netflix originally produced three successful seasons of Daredevil before the arrival of streaming platform Disney+. Daredevil follows Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), a blind lawyer who, by night, becomes the vigilante superhero Daredevil. Set in the gritty Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, the series explores Murdock’s struggle to balance his legal career with his quest to rid the city of crime and corruption.
Murdock’s complex moral code, acrobatic combat skills, and heightened senses make for intense action sequences and a compelling exploration of justice, heroism, and the consequences of vigilantism. Fans were also blown away by Jon Bernthal’s performance as The Punisher in season two, so much so that Bernthal received his own Punisher series. Both series received critical acclaim for their dark and gritty tone, well-developed characters, and impressive fight choreography.
Marvel are trying to bring their film making culture to their TV series’ by not commissioning pilots, working without showrunners and instead shoot an entire season on $150 million-plus budget, then relying on post-production and reshoots to fix any problems.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter Marvel’s head of streaming, television and animation Brad Winderbaum says. “We’re trying to marry the Marvel culture with the traditional television culture, It comes down to, ‘How can we tell stories in television that honor what’s so great about the source material?”
With high expectations for Daredevil: Born Again due to the success of the Netflix series, Marvel are apparently not happy that head writers Matt Corman and Chris Ord crafted a show that didn’t resemble the Netflix version, know for its action and violence. According to reports Charlie Cox doesn’t even show up in costume until the fourth episode, leading them to rethink the entire approach.
So unfortunately for Daredevil fans the wait goes on…and on.