Daredevil: Born Again is experiencing a rebirth: The upcoming Disney+ reboot has tapped Dario Scardapane (The Punisher) to be the new showrunner, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Also, Loki co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead will helm the freshman season’s remaining episodes.
The news follows a report earlier this month that Marvel executives screened the first few episodes and determined it wasn’t working, axing head writers Matt Corman and Chris Ord along with the directors slated to direct the rest of the season. (Sources said that Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock didn’t even don his Daredevil costume until Episode 4 of that first batch.)
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With a new showrunner and directors in place, “Marvel will keep some scenes and episodes that have already been shot, though other serialized elements will be injected,” THR reports, with Scardapane writing the new episodes and scenes. It’s unclear at this point how many episodes Benson and Moorhead will need to direct to finish out the season.
Scardapane was a writer and executive producer on Netflix’s Marvel series The Punisher, starring Jon Bernthal; his other TV credits include Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and The Bridge. Benson and Moorhead co-directed two episodes of the current second season of Loki, as well as two episodes of fellow Marvel series Moon Knight.
Daredevil: Born Again is a reimagining of the Netflix series Daredevil, with Cox reprising his role as the titular superhero and Vincent D’Onofrio returning as villain Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin. It landed a series order at Disney+ last year, but due to the aforementioned creative overhaul along with the still-ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, the originally scheduled Spring 2024 release date has been pushed back, with no new date as of now.
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