Marvel Studios is hitting the reset button on its highly-anticipated Disney Plus series Daredevil: Born Again after severing ties with the show’s initial writing and directing team.
The head writers, Chris Ord and Matt Corman, along with the directors for the remaining episodes of the season, were let go in September 2023, as revealed by The Hollywood Reporter. The decision was part of an extensive creative overhaul, prompted by the realization that the current trajectory of Born Again was not aligned with Marvel’s vision. A search for new writers and directors is now underway.
Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock didn’t suit up as Daredevil for multiple Born Again episodes
Daredevil: Born Again features Charlie Cox reprising his role as Matt Murdock, a character that audiences previously embraced in the popular Netflix series. However, Chris Ord and Matt Corman’s approach was criticized internally for leaning too heavily into the legal procedural elements, a stark contrast to the intense action and violence that defined the earlier version of the character.
According to THR, Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock didn’t appear in his superhero attire until the fourth episode of Daredevil: Born Again, a creative decision that contributed to the reassessment of the show’s direction. The departure from the expected action-centric focus towards a more legal storyline prompted Marvel to reconsider and restructure the project.
Marvel plans to retain certain scenes and episodes, ensuring that the investment in initial production won’t be entirely lost. Chris Ord and Matt Corman will transition into different roles as executive producers, maintaining a connection to the Disney Plus project, albeit in a revised capacity.
In addition, Marvel is also actively evolving its approach to television production by moving away from its head-writer model. Recognizing the need for consistent creative vision across all stages of a show, the studio is now looking to hire showrunners. This decision was partly influenced by Jessica Gao’s post-production contributions to Marvel’s She-Hulk.
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