Marvel Studios Announces Overhaul of ‘Daredevil: Born Again’ Amidst Production Challenges

In a recent update from The Hollywood Reporter, it has been revealed that the production of “Daredevil: Born Again” has hit the reset button due to complications stemming from the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Despite only partially completing the show’s 18-episode order, Marvel Studios’ chief, Kevin Feige, expressed dissatisfaction with the project’s direction, leading to the discreet dismissal of head writers Chris Ord and Matt Corman, as well as the removal of the existing directors set to helm the remaining episodes. The quest for fresh talent in the form of writers and directors is now underway.

The report also discloses Disney+’s intention to reevaluate their approach to Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) shows, a decision motivated by a decline in critical acclaim and viewership, notably exemplified by “Secret Invasion.” Disney+ aims to shift towards a more “traditional” model for developing television content in the MCU. Brad Winderbaum, Marvel’s head of streaming, TV, and animation, remarked, “We’re striving to blend the Marvel ethos with conventional television practices, focusing on how we can faithfully convey the essence of the source material in a television format.”

Further insight into the reasons behind the creative reboot of “Daredevil: Born Again” during its ongoing production has emerged. Reportedly, Ord and Corman’s vision leaned more toward a legal procedural drama, diverging significantly from the high-octane action of the previous three seasons of “Daredevil.” Notably, Charlie Cox, who plays Daredevil, reportedly did not don the iconic superhero suit until the fourth episode, leading Marvel Studios to conclude that “Born Again” lacked the excitement and vigor expected from the series.

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