Not quite, it seems. A conflicting report from Mike Fleming at Deadline cites unnamed insiders at Fox, all of whom reportedly deny that the studio is considering such a deal.
Fox has lined up Josh Trank to direct a Fantastic Four reboot written by Jeremy Slater, and is planning on the superhero ensemble being Trank's sophomore feature after he impressed with this year's found footage superpower tale Chronicle. Apparently Fox is much keener on this reboot than on Daredevil. In that case, giving up two such identifiable characters who could be put to extensive use in potential sequels just doesn't make a whole not of sense, not in order to ensure a movie that the studio isn't actually too thrilled about.
So if trading potentially profitable characters isn't part of the equation, what gives with Fox, Marvel, and Daredevil?
Fox is trying to get Marvel Studios on board to co-finance the film, shouldering some of the risk. If Disney opts not to do so, then the folks at Fox would be comfortable allowing the rights to simply revert to Marvel. Joe Carnahan has indeed offered his take on the reboot, but that's more or less the extent of it. As we knew yesterday, he hasn't been hired to replace David Slade, who departed Daredevil last month, and this perspective on the chances of a gritty, "Born Again"-inspired Murdock movie happening at Fox is a lot less hopeful than yesterday's.
Still, it's good to know that there's enthusiasm behind a new Fantastic Four. Hopefully Fox has learned from Marvel Studios and can do the quartet justice onscreen.