Joe Carnahan On The Musical Tones Of His Scrapped DAREDEVIL Trilogy And The Current Status Of NEMESIS
Many fans were happy when it was announced that Marvel Studios had gotten the rights to Daredevil and his band of associated characters back from 20th Century Fox. Those same fans were even happier when Marvel announced that they would be giving Matt Murdock his own Netflix series as part of that huge TV deal we’ve been talking about so much. While Daredevil fans are excited about the current situation the Man Without Fear has fond himself in, many are curious about the movie that was being developed as the rights were in the process of reverting back to Marvel. Director Joe Carnahan has teased the trilogy he had in mind, but in a recent interview with Movie Pilot he opened up a little more about the tone and vibe his movies would have taken. He also gives an update on the other big comic book movie he’s been working on for a while.
Speaking with Movie Pilot in an incredibly candid and open interview, Carnahan talked about the musical influences that would have helped define the Hell’s Kitchen we would have seen if he had gotten to make his Daredevil trilogy. When asked about what it was like working on the movie while the clock for the movie’s rights were ticking, Carnahan explained the situation in a little more detail than he has before:
What people don’t realize about the DD project is that the producers of the film, got to me very late. They had a script that I read and I thought that while the action was wonderful, the story didn’t really have any additional bite. There was nothing I suggested a trilogy as follows. ‘Daredevil ‘73’ ‘Daredevil ‘79’ and ‘Daredevil ‘85’ where I was going to do a kind of ‘cultural libretto’ and make the music of those eras a kind of thematic arc . So the first one would be Classic Rock, the second one would be Punk Rock and the third film would be ‘New Wave.’ The problem was, the option was almost set to lapse so we made an eleventh hour bid to Marvel to retain the rights for a bit longer so I could rework the script. Unfortunately, it just didn’t happen. Marvel wanted the rights back. I don’t blame them.
The director’s sizzle reel he created for his pitch, which you can see below, gives us a good idea of what he’s talking about when it comes to the different time periods and how music would have influenced things. While Carnahan‘s movie sounds like a darker and grittier take than even Frank Miller presented in his work, you can’t help but be intrigued by what could have been.
Another thing that may or may not be is Carnahan‘s adaptation of Mark Millar‘s Nemesis. That’s a really dark and gritty take on the entire superhero genre. In today’s comic book movie landscape, Nemesis could be the one movie that flips a middle finger to everyone and do something that breaks a lot of the current tropes. The film has been in various stages of development for years, so there’s no telling just when (or if) we’ll see it on the big screen. The director says that the biggest challenge is just how many buttons the movie would push:
I think the biggest challenge with Nemesis is that it’s just a motherf***er of screenplay in that it pushes a lot of buttons and does things that both expand and violate the traditional mores of the ‘comic book adaptation’ and that’s a scary conceit when The Dark Knight is considered the socio-political lynchpin of that particular universe. I think Nemesis f**ks with the genre in such a thumb-in-the-eye fashion that it might simply be something for another time and place. It’s incredibly topical and remains infuriatingly so. I chalk it up to another really wonderful script that my brother and I wrote that simply may be too smart-assed for its own good.
Millar’s comic really pushes those boundaries and delves into the old ultra-violence without blinking. That makes it a harder movie to adapt considering today’s comic book movie landscape. Some liberties would have to be taken when it comes to the script, and Carnahan admits that he and his brother changed some things up. While he wouldn’t offer up any specifics, he said of the changes from the source, “My brother and I took our real inspiration from Nemesis in the fact that only one character, the bad guy, wore a costume. From their it deviates from the source material in a number of ways but what remains alive and well is Millar’s simmering disdain for the status quo and the relentless violence that characterizes the graphic novel.“
Nemesis would make for an interesting movie, so hopefully Millar and the Carnahan‘s can make it work. You can see a lot more from the director, like how he’d like to redo Spawn, by clicking the source link below. Carnahan had a very interesting take on Daredevil that Marvel could borrow a few pointers from, so it will be exciting to see how the Netflix series approaches the character. What do you think about the director’s comments? Do you think we’ll see Nemesis anytime soon?
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Source : MoviePilot