Steven DeKnight, showrunner on Netflix’s Marvel Daredevil series, calls the upcoming Disney+ series “an old Disney scam” that will prevent the creators of the Netflix series from getting their due financially.
Wrote and executive produced Secret mattersMatt Corman and Chris Ord, the new installment centers on Charlie Cox Daredevil, otherwise known as Matt Murdock, a lawyer by day and crime fighter by night. Vince D’Onofrio will reprise his role as mob boss Wilson Fisk aka the Kingpin.
DeKnight served as showrunner for the first season on Netflix Daredevil, which started in 2015 and ran for three seasons.
DeKnight responded to the post on X (formerly known as Twitter) by a gripe named Thomas, who is part of the IATSE trade union that represents film, television and theater crew workers.
Thomas wrote that the renaming of the series is a “heinous fraud” intended to reset the guild’s terms and conditions to Season 1 levels. DeKnight responded to X that “It’s an old Disney scam where they lightly rename the series to get the terms back to the first season. They must be approached by all guilds/unions and crushed!”
DeKnight later wrote on X. “To be clear, I can’t wait to see Charlie Cox and the amazing @VincentDonofrio reprise their iconic roles. But to say it’s a complete reboot and you don’t have to pay the original creatives is corporate fraud, to say the least.”
Other main cast announced Daredevil: Born Again include Margarita Levieva, Sandrine Holt, Michael Gandolfini, Arty Froushan and Nikki M. James. Jon Bernthal’s Punisher will also reprise his role.
Cox spoke to NME late last year about his role in the upcoming reboot.
“This has to be reincarnation, it has to be different, otherwise why are we doing this?” Cox told the publication. “My opinion is that this character works best when aimed at a slightly more mature audience. My instinct is that it will be dark on Disney+, but it probably won’t be as gory.”
Daredevil: Born Againwhich filmed in and around New York City, was three months into an eight-month shoot for an 18-episode new season for Disney+ when it halted production due to the WGA strike.