One-time Daredevil director Joe Carnahan reveals his plan for an aborted trilogy

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May 7, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT

Sure, we’re psyched that Marvel got the rights to Daredevil back for that upcoming Netflix series — but we almost got something very, very different.

With the clock ticking before the film rights reverted back to Marvel, Twentieth Century Fox signed Joe Carnahan (The Grey) up to make his own dark, gritty version of Hell’s Kitchen’s resident hero. His vision? A 1970s-set noir that would’ve been steeped in retro awesomeness.

Before time ran out, Carnahan has actually cooked up an idea for a full trilogy of new Daredevil films. Here’s what he told Movie Pilot about the plan:

“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.”

Honestly, that sounds absolutely awesome. Yes, we’re glad the franchise is back at home with Marvel, but we still wish we could’ve gotten a peek at Carnahan’s pitch. Daredevil is ripe for a period piece, and he’d be a perfect fit for a gritty throwback.

To get an inkling of what Carnahan might’ve done, check out the spliced sizzle reel below, meant to convey the spirit of his pitch: 

Are you glad Daredevil is back at home with Marvel and headed to Netflix, or do you wish Carnahan had got a shot at Matt Murdock?

(Via Movie Pilot)