It seems that even Matt Murdock needs a hero as Daredevil: Born Again is going to need some reshoots.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios is a bit less than thrilled with what it has been seeing coming out of the revived Daredevil series, Daredevil: Born Again.
The upcoming series had to pause production during the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, and that gave Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and other executives a chance to study what had been shot. Apparently, no one was too impressed with it.
Whereas the series on Netflix had a lot of action and violence, the new series was reportedly more of a legal drama and Matt (Charlie Cox) didn’t appear in the Daredevil costume until the fourth episode.
According to sources, Marvel Studios let go of head writers Chris Ord and Matt Corman – though they will remain onboard as executive producers – and directors for the unfilmed episodes were also released from their contracts. The studio has not yet chosen replacements for either role.
It seems that Marvel Studios has realized an entirely new creative direction is required for its TV productions, and that it will have to shift gears to a more traditional form of TV production.
“We’re trying to marry the Marvel culture with the traditional television culture,” Brad Winderbaum, Marvel’s head of streaming, television and animation said. “It comes down to, ‘How can we tell stories in television that honor what’s so great about the source material?’”
To that end, Marvel Studios is learning the value of showrunners who creatively control an entire series. They will also adopt the industry staples of writing a pilot episode and a series bible before they begin filming. Gone, also, are the days of executives working on both films and television, and the studio will now have TV-specific executives. The company also wants to adopt a policy of multi-season shows as opposed to limited series events that feel like something that exists purely to build to something else.
It’s a radical new day for Marvel Studios, but one that will more than likely be welcome by everyone involved.