Marvel’s “Daredevil: Born Again” Series Get New Showrunner & Directors
Daredevil: Born Again is, apologies for the pun, born again. Marvel Studios has given the upcoming series a creative overhaul, bringing in a showrunner and new directors to retool the series, which was in mid-production in New York when it had to pause due to the writer’s and actor’s strike. The show had been under the direction of Chris Ord and Matt Corman, who were both the head writers.
The new showrunner stepping in is Dario Scardapane, who has a ton of TV experience and who worked on Netflix’s The Punisher, as well as Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan for Amazon. Scardapane joins directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the team that helmed two episodes of Loki season two and will direct the remaining episodes of Daredevil: Born Again. Benson and Moorhead made a name for themselves directing festival and cult films, including Synchronic, Spring, and Endless, often writing, acting, directing, producing, editing, and doing the visual effects on their films. Needless to say, they won’t have to cover all that ground working on a Marvel Studios show.
The first iteration of Daredevil lived on Netflix in the mid-2010s, with Charlie Cox playing the blind lawyer Matt Murdock, who becomes the titular superhero at night. The original Daredevil, including its spinoff The Punisher, were both visceral, at times brutal affairs, and this is the direction Marvel wants to take the new series. Some of the scenes and episodes that were shot already for Daredevil: Born Again will be kept while Scardapane writes new episodes and scenes, weaving in what was previously filmed.
Benson and Moorehead will helm the remaining episodes, while Corman and Ord will serve as executive producers.
Bringing in a showrunner to shape a series is new for Marvel. Previously, Marvel had approached their TV installments much the way they did their MCU films, but now they’re taking a more tried-and-tested approach.
Scardapane’s TV chops are considerable, including creating and producing NBC’s medical drama Trauma, serving as a consulting producer on F/X’s Peabody-award-winning crime drama The Bridge, and working on NBC’s political drama State of Affairs before he leaped into the streaming world as writer and executive producer on Punisher and writer and consulting producer on Amazon’s Jack Ryan.
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Featured image: Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofio in Marvel’s Daredevil. Photo by Nicole Rivelli/Netflix