‘Elektra’ duo plugged in

'Deathlok' draft, Garner approval help scribes get gig

Eyeing a 2004 start that fits Jennifer Garner’s “Alias” hiatus, New Regency and Fox have set Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner to script “Elektra,” a “Daredevil” spinoff.

The scribes were hired off a strong draft of “Deathlok,” a Paramount-based adaptation of another Marvel Comics title about a man who is transformed into a machine.

The scribes pitched their take to Garner. The actress, who’s toplining “13 Going on 30,” sparked to the story and is onboard. The film will be produced by the “Daredevil” troika of Horseshoe Bay partners Mark Steven Johnson and Gary Foster, and Marvel’s Avi Arad.

Surprise!

Garner’s presence in the spinoff answers the question of whether her character got killed at the close of “Daredevil.” The film picks up her curvaceous assassin as she recovers from that near-death experience and battles the Hand, the organization of killers that trained her and then turned against her.

The pic relies heavily on the Frank Miller-created “The Elektra Saga,” and a central character will be a martial arts trainer named Stick. He’s been a venerable Marvel figure.

Helmer vacancy

A director will have to be hired once the script is completed, because “Daredevil” helmer Johnson just committed to direct yet another Marvel franchise, the Columbia-based “Ghost Rider,” starring Nicolas Cage. Foster said Johnson is likely to helm the “Daredevil” sequel with Ben Affleck that will likely follow “Elektra.” “Daredevil” just crossed $100 million in domestic gross.

Marvel has become a film franchise factory. Summer releases include Fox’s “X-Men” sequel and Universal’s “The Hulk.” DreamWorks just set director Yuen Wo Ping and scripter Bruce McKenna for “The Hands of Shang Chi” and Artisan set Thomas Jane to topline “The Punisher.”

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