Things appear to be moving quickly on Marvel’s venture into the television world. Just a few months after launching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC to a mixed response, Marvel announced that it was teaming up with Netflix to develop four live-action series centering around four separate characters, followed by a Marvel’s The Defenders mini-series event that will bring the characters together. The first character series out of the gate will be Daredevil, as the character rights just recently reverted back to Marvel after Fox failed to mount a feature film reboot in time. Now we have our first clue as to what to expect from the Daredevil series, as Cabin in the Woods and Cloverfield scribe Drew Goddard is being eyed to pen the adventures of blind superhero Matt Murdock.
Hit the jump for more, including what Goddard told us last year about his passion for the character.
The folks over at The Wrap report that Drew Goddard is in negotiations to write the Daredevil series for Netflix and Marvel. Goddard is a swell fit, as he has penned numerous geek-friendly properties like Lost, Alias, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and made his directorial debut with last year’s excellent Cabin in the Woods, which he co-wrote with Joss Whedon. Goddard was also behind the reworked ending for this summer’s tentpole World War Z. The scribe seems like a swell fit for Daredevil, given that during an interview with us last year he expressed his love for the character:
“You’re talking to a guy who had quotes from Daredevil painted on his walls growing up. When I was 18 I still had the blood-red door with the ‘I have shown him that a man without hope is a man without fear,’ that was what I love. If we can find the right project, I’d love to do it.”
I wonder if pal Joss Whedon’s role as Marvel consultant came in handy when the studio began batting around the idea of a Daredevil series?
We still don’t know what the focus of this Daredevil show will be, but all four of the Marvel/Netflix shows will take place in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. The Daredevil series will debut in 2015 and will be followed by, in order, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. Matt and I were just discussing on this week’s podcast how Marvel might be approaching its Netflix series, and we both expressed hope that the shows would be creator driven. Hiring Drew Goddard to craft Daredevil is an excellent step in the right direction.