Some potentially bad news for comic book fans today—director Joe Carnahan (Narc, The Grey), who had been prepping a dark and gritty, 1970s-styled adaptation of Marvel’s Daredevil comics for Fox Studios, announced yesterday that the project likely isn’t happening now.  Why?  Well, it all has to do with Marvel Studios, the Silver Surfer, and Galactus.  Read on.

Last week, we reported to you that Fox was under the gun to begin shooting a Daredevil reboot before October 10th, as that is when the studio’s rights to the character expire and revert back to Marvel.  Marvel, seeing that Fox simply couldn’t produce a quality film under that kind of deadline, made an offer: return the rights of the Silver Surfer and his planet-eating arch-nemesis Galactus (which Fox own thanks to its Fantastic Four films), and Marvel would extend the rights deadline, allowing Fox to make the film Daredevil deserves.

But Fox essentially said ‘hell no’ to the deal, as they are rumored to be using the Surfer and Galactus in their Fantastic Four reboot, and so, back to the October 10th deadline we go.  In response to this, Carnahan took to Twitter to announce that “think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids…We shall see.  Time is NOT on anyone’s side”

It’s a disappointment because, as Cinema Blend points out, it appears one of two things will happen:  Daredevil will revert back to Marvel, or Fox will churn out a quickie reboot of low quality in order to hang on to the character rights.  We’ll keep you informed.

What do you think of the Daredevil news?