Daredevil showrunner and Pacific Rim Uprising director wants a Moon Knight TV show

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Mar 26, 2018

Steven S. DeKnight has cause to celebrate. His new film, Pacific RimUprising, unseated Black Panther from the top of the box office this past weekend with over $28 million domestically and $150 million globally. This was DeKnight's first feature film, as his backround is primarily in running television shows like Spartacus on Starz and Daredevil on Netflix.

He took over as showrunner on the latter when Drew Goddard became too busy on his Sinister Six project. After the first season, he left to pursue Uprising and was replaced by Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez.

While he is no longer part of the shared Marvel Television Universe, the director did reveal what comic book character he'd like to tackle next for a possible series.

"I wouldn’t mind taking a crack at Moon Knight at some point," he said during an interview with IGN. "There are so many characters that I love in the Marvel universe. Really, for me, it would be about schedule. My schedule these days, as you imagine, is a little tight. God, you know, when I signed onto Daredevil, I expressed an interest in Iron Fist and the Punisher, which I both loved. I’d love to see Moon Knight get a little bit of love. Great, great character."

Created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin in 1975, Moon Knight begins as Marc Spector, the ill-behaved son of a rabbi from Chicago, Illinois. Much like Al Jolson's character in The Jazz Singer, Marc shuns his Jewish background and becomes a heavyweight boxer before becoming a U.S. Marine and, ultimately, a mercenary. During a job in Egypt, he is left for dead by African mercenary Raoul Bushman after they discover an ancient temple devoted to the Egyptian moon god Khonshu.

Near death, Spector is visited by Konshu in a vision, the god promising to spare his life if the mercenary becomes his avatar on Earth. Marc agrees and dons the identity of Moon Knight, a hero who has drawn strong comparisons to Batman over the years. But where Batman fights crime to avenge the death of his parents, Moon Knight does it to alleviate his guilt at the murder he committed as a mercenary. 

DeKnight might want to start putting together his Moon Knight idea because Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn also wants a piece of Spector.