In this high-stakes poker game between 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios/Disney, at what point does somebody go "all in"?
Variety reported earlier today that Fox was engaged in "backroom dealings" with Marvel Studios in the hopes of getting a deadline extension to prevent the film rights to the Marvel Comics character Daredevil from reverting back to Marvel. The reason, supposedly, was that Fox wants The A-Team director Joe Carnahan to direct "a Frank Miller-esque, hardcore '70s thriller" on Daredevil, although Carnahan has yet to receive an official offer. In order to get that extension, Variety claimed that Fox would be open to giving characters Galactus and The Silver Surfer, last used in the 2007 film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, back to Marvel instead.
Well, guess what...Deadline has now come along with another article citing equally-unnamed Fox "insiders" who say that Galactus isn't on the negotiating table. They claim that Fox is big on Josh Trank directing a reboot of the Fantastic Four movies and wouldn't want to give up a major FF bad guy/cosmic force like Big G. Another given reason is that Fox isn't all that excited about rebooting Daredevil, so unless Disney is interested in co-financing Carnahan's take, Fox may go ahead and let the rights revert back to Marvel.
I imagine the real story is buried deep in there somewhere, but if Deadline's sources are more accurate, I personally can't see Disney co-financing a Daredevil reboot if Marvel gets the film rights by Disney doing nothing. To be continued...