Drew Goddard Exits Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Series; SPARTACUS Showrunner Steven DeKnight to Serve as Replacement

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More bad news for Marvel.  After Edgar Wright left the studio’s Ant-Man adaptation yesterday, reportedly due to script rewrites from Marvel, The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard has stepped down from Marvel’s Daredevil TV show adaptation.  This is another significant blow to the studio, which has seemingly become more homogenized since its popularity has skyrocketed.  Goddard—a lifelong Daredevil fan—was poised to write, direct, and run a 13-episode adaptation of the comic to debut on Netflix next year, but he’s now off the project and a new showrunner has already been enlisted.  Hit the jump for more.

daredevil-marvel-netflixThe folks over at Latino Review broke the news that Goddard has left Daredevil, which was subsequently confirmed by THR which reports that Spartacus showrunner Steven S. DeKnight will replace him.  Goddard will remain onboard Daredevil as a consultant, but he will now segue to writing and directing the Sinister Six movie for Sony Pictures.  It’s possible that Sony decided Sinister Six is a priority and Goddard was unable to split his time, given that Daredevil is due to begin production in New York City this summer.

Then again, it’s hard to see Goddard letting Daredevil go that easily.  He expressed his passion for the character in an interview with Collider a few years ago, and one imagines the Netflix series was a dream job.  Could Marvel’s creative meddling be the cause of another talented filmmaker leaving one of its projects?  It’s not altogether clear, but it’s certainly unfortunate that Goddard will no longer be spearheading Daredevil.  The show will kick off a series of Netflix one-season Marvel adaptations, with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist also in the works.  All of the series will lead up to the miniseries event The Defenders.

As for Sinister Six, it’s unclear what’s going on over at Sony right now.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was both a critical and commercial disappointment for the studio, and though they’ve already announced The Amazing Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 4, Venom, and Sinister Six, they may be rethinking their strategy.  I’ll be curious to see if Sinister Six gets an earlier release date now.




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  • MJ

    I have no F’in interest in seeing this series…ever!

    • Werefon

      Trollo Power is blazing strong in your ass!

    • SorryNotSorry

      … Cool?

    • Ben Kenobi

      You know that no one is forcing you, right?!

      • MJ

        A guy wearing a red tights body suit and little devil horns.

        LOL — enough said. This one is for the kiddies.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        As opposed to a black and grey tight body suit with little bat horns? LOL.

      • MJ

        Seriously, yes. It’s not nearly as wacky or childish looking. The Daredevil bright red suit nearly like a fetish outfit. Completely dumb-ass looking.

        Let’s be honest with ourselves here.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        It’s usually not bright red, though, it’s usually a dark red. And yes the classic batman design is still childish looking.

      • Ben Kenobi

        Okay, so it has to realize you do not enjoy much the genre of Superheroes. But the comics were written many decades long before the movies and series being made ​​. And yes , in the beginning were made for children to enjoy and dream, just in time the stories were getting more mature, because some adults also worshiped. So if the producers want to adapt their stories, the characters will have to wear those clothes, (perhaps having to make small adjustments in their look) because they are the ones who want to adapt these stories. But if vigilantes exist in real life, they would adopt some sort of clothing to cover the face and protect people close to them,.because the risk would be more real than ever. In countries like Italy , where some criminal groups have infiltrated people in institutions, elite police wear masks for necessity, to protect their integrity. Then the films of superheroes, is not so great an absurdity vigilantes wear costumes because they practice their own concept of justice whitout tie with autorities, they act illegally, so they are persecuted by both sides. And customs can intimidate criminals because they are used as symbol!

      • R0yBatty

        Heh, you said “forcing”.

    • Ruprect

      Oh shit! I was going to watch them, but now that I find out that YOU have no interest …. Whatever shall I dooooooo?!?

      • MJ

        dumbest superhero ever.

  • Al

    Quick! Get Edgar Wright!

  • TJW

    Steven DeKnight and the Twilight/Step Up writer are now in charge of Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Yuck.

  • Devin Reed

    WHAT IS GOING ON, MARVEL?!?!?!

    • replying to idiots

      In this situation, it sounds more like Goddard is too busy working on a shitty cash grab movie about Spider-Man bad guys who team up to not fight Spider-Man

      • Jack le Critic

        I’d like to know who they fight – after all, they’re bad guys…maybe each other? Maybe Willie Lumpkin?

      • Batt Damon

        Fox owns Willie

      • randommale7

        It’s called contracts; some times they’re legally obligated and can’t get out it…

  • Daniel Brian Foster

    :( wats goin on Marvel

  • edshrinker

    Weren’t both of these guys involved in Angel? Could be it be two buddies just working together to alleviate some of the time constraints on Goddard? IDK this could be just nothing. I hope so. Or Marvel ius starting to take on the look of a sinking ship.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PlagaX Donte Dillon

    Spartacus is awesome so I have no problem with this. Would have preferred Goddard though..

  • Neven

    Is there a new boss at Marvel firing everyone?

  • St. Jack

    Marvel has to be careful. Lose the love of the fans, and the general public will pick up on the vibe, and presto, bye bye cinematic domination.

  • Strifeshadow

    Meanwhile over at DC: Ha!

    Arrow: renewed for season 3, iZombie and Flash go to season, Gotham and Constantine underway.

    And Marvel? Can’t even make a decent first season with Agents of S.U.C.K.

    Feel bad for Drew, Cabin In The Woods is the best film experience I have had in decades.

    • SorryNotSorry

      The title for the “Man of Steel sequel” has been universally panned because it is garbage. Also universally panned? Man of Steel, also garbage. Before that? Green Lantern. Garbage.

      Marvel has seen success (Avengers) after success (Thor 2) after success (Cap 2) after success (X-Men is still a Marvel property). Even the crappy Spidey 2 made money.

      Over in comics, I’ll just leave you with the counter:
      http://hasdcdonesomethingstupidtoday.com/

      On TV? Yeah, Agents was garbage for most of the season, but it picked up at the end and was renewed. We also have *commitments* for four shows on one platform, Netflix. And the excellent Agent Carter one shot was enough to convince of a short-season show.

      Arrow is my absolute favorite show on television, and I’m pumped for Flash. The other DC shows look promising, but they’re sprawled across different networks with different goals. Who knows?

      The point is, shut your bitch ass up and just enjoy these comic properties.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Man of Steel was not garbage. Neither is Amazing Spider-Man 2. Green Lantern is not THAT bad (is not THAT good either, though). Yes, Marvel is succesful, but it doesn’t mean the movies have gotten better, especially in cases where there has been creative “differences” (for not saying “intrusion”): Thor 2 had Taylor locked out from the editing room and the movie suffered. Hulk had some great scenes cut altogether (reducing Ty Burrel’s role to little more than a cameo and made him look like just a jealous boyfriend) and lost Ed Norton (replaced by Ruffalo but the credit for that goes to Joss), IM 2 had the studio interfering with the story Favreau (and Downey Jr.) wanted to tell, Thor was a success thanks to Ken Brannagh being a great storyteller but somehow, he didn’t want to return to Thor 2. If you see IM, IM 3 and Cap 2, (and in some measure The Avengers) they are succesful as movies thanks to the fact the directors and writers had enough freedom to do what they thought was correct but I just can’t see why that does not happen with every movie they put out.
        Also, X-Men does not count. Yes, they are Marvel, but Lauren Shuler Donner is the one who pulls the strings there, not Kevin Feige. Same thing with Spidey and the other properties not in the MCU. If they keep letting go the same talent (two in the span of a weekend? what’s going on in here?) the MCU would not last.

        PS: How comes that the same studio that asks “more James Gunn” for one of their riskiest properties led by a mostly unknown auteur, can’t have “more Wright” in an obscure property led by a critically and financially succesful director?

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Man of Steel was not garbage. Neither is Amazing Spider-Man 2. Green Lantern is not THAT bad (is not THAT good either, though). Yes, Marvel is succesful, but it doesn’t mean the movies have gotten better, especially in cases where there has been creative “differences” (for not saying “intrusion”): Thor 2 had Taylor locked out from the editing room and the movie suffered. Hulk had some great scenes cut altogether (reducing Ty Burrel’s role to little more than a cameo and made him look like just a jealous boyfriend) and lost Ed Norton (replaced by Ruffalo but the credit for that goes to Joss), IM 2 had the studio interfering with the story Favreau (and Downey Jr.) wanted to tell, Thor was a success thanks to Ken Brannagh being a great storyteller but somehow, he didn’t want to return to Thor 2. If you see IM, IM 3 and Cap 2, (and in some measure The Avengers) they are succesful as movies thanks to the fact the directors and writers had enough freedom to do what they thought was correct but I just can’t see why that does not happen with every movie they put out.
        Also, X-Men does not count. Yes, they are Marvel, but Lauren Shuler Donner is the one who pulls the strings there, not Kevin Feige. Same thing with Spidey and the other properties not in the MCU. If they keep letting go the same talent (two in the span of a weekend? what’s going on in here?) the MCU would not last.

        PS: How comes that the same studio that asks “more James Gunn” for one of their riskiest properties led by a mostly unknown auteur, can’t have “more Wright” in an obscure property led by a critically and financially succesful director?

      • Strifeshadow

        Hey buddy, thanks for the back-up, but there’s no need to defend Green Lantern. That movie is a black hole now in my memory.

        In answer to your PS: Marvel have no balls when it comes to Ant Man. The character has a rocky and convoluted history and they’re trying to mash several versions of the character into their ever-growing MCU.

        Where are the female movies, Marvel? Give us one female driven movie that is not Black Widow and then you can start having my hard-earned money again.

        ScarJo ruined BW for me. No russian accent and bland acting.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Well, actually I enjoyed Green Lantern but maybe it was because my expectation were lowered by bad press… who knows (I still like it more than IM 2).

        But maybe it is not Marvel per se: is there a chance Disney is putting their nose on things? I mean, we are talking about a character that in first incarnation beat his wife and then was a thief, and Disney tends to be very conservative on those things (and makes me wonder how did they greenlit Pirates of the Caribbean). Still, I agree that we need more female driven movies. I fell in love with Carol Danvers and Jessica Drew (Ms Marvel and Spider-Woman, respectively for those of you that don’t know) in and post Secret Invasion (thanks in no small part to Leinil Yu’s drawing he he) and really think they are strong characters enough to carry a movie.

        ScarJo’s accent may be because she has spent so much time outside Russia that her accent got lost (besides, what a lousy spy if you have accent, don’t you think? lol) but I don’t think her acting was bland, especially in Winter Soldier.

      • Strifeshadow

        ^ True about Danvers, but I would sell my apartment just to see a Scarlet Witch movie. Elizabeth Olsen is a hot upcomer now and Marvel should jump right on that.

        A Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange Movie in Phase 4 would pave the way for pseudo-magic.

        But back to Daredevil, I still wish Marvel went for a movie reboot instead of a series. DD deserves another chance to shine on the big screen!

        I would pay good money to see Matt Murdock fight an epic brawl with The Hand.

      • Strifeshadow

        Whoa buddy. Bitch ass? Really? Way to bring up the movie success argument, when I was talking strictly about TV. Let DC have that one little success at least, lol!! I love the B-List Marvel characters even more than the A listers.

        It is no crime to say that Marvel are lagging in the small screen department. I watched Agents of Shield religiously up until the Sif episode, then gave up due to bad plotting and zero character charisma. I am a huge fan of the MCU just as much as the next guy, Kevin Feige is handling it all brilliantly.

        But Daredevil is getting a raw deal here. First, Affleck had his way with him, and now the bigshots at Marvel are raping his chances at TV success.

        It’s a sad day for vigilante shows when The Man Without Fear lost the man who put Fear back in the horror genre with Cabin in the Woods.

      • Vic Twenty

        If you suffered through the early episodes of Agents of SHIELD, you really owe it to yourself to watch the last 6 episodes. Makes up for the rest.

    • YodaRocks

      Green Lantern: flop.
      Superman Returns: Flop
      Dark Knight triology: Success but the director himself isn’t interested in them anymore.
      Man of Steel: Destroyed by the guy who made Sucker Punch.
      Upcoming movies: Bad press. Hatred from everyone.
      With what face are you laughing at Marvel?

      • Strifeshadow

        Hey, Yodarocks- Thor 2: Malekith is beaten by Kat Dennings & an intern with a tripod.
        The Jane Foster in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has more talent than Natalie Portman.

        Iron Man 3: Trevor Slattery. ‘Nuff said.

        Captain America 2: Arnim Zola? An evil underground supercomputer secretly pupeteering world politics and setting up sleeper nazi agents all over the world? Really? I’ve farted better plots into my toilet.

        Hey Marvel waiter, I ordered a Winter Soldier for my main course. But I can’t see it. I just can’t see it. His character motivation was to be a robot for 45 minutes.

        Faking Nick Fury’s death? Ever see what Jim Gordon did in The Dark Knight? Ring any bells?

        I thought the Winter Soldier was to make the MCU more grounded, like a Bourne-esque political thriller? What happened to that?

        If you really wanted to blow me away with the Winter Soldier Marvel, you should have done 2 things: Ditch the Hydra plot-line. What works in the comics does not always work on screen. I was embarrassed for Robert Redford at how cartoonish his villain was. They should have given him a mustache for him to twirl.

        Make Steve Rogers gay. Yes, changing someone’s sexuality has nothing to do with anything. But having a gay member on the Avengers would have been a bold move on Mavel’s part.

      • GrimReaper07

        I think what both of you are proving is that both DC and Marvel are for the most part retarded.

      • MJ

        Well said. I could not agree more.

  • kps

    “Just make sure you release all the disappointing news at the start of the long weekend”.

  • Agent777

    I wonder if Iron Man 2 and 3 conveyed to potential directors that if it smells rotten, run.

  • Steven

    Bet they’ll recast Hulk for the 900th time and fire Ruffalo.

  • percy393

    I’m impressed from Marvel but one thing keep me away to praise Marvel collection of movies like http://bit.ly/newstimez

  • James Snyder

    I know a couple of guys with some experience with the character if Marvel wants them to take over…

    Case and point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqDrpMgLFW4

  • Bob

    Well that kinda sucks,

    But then again I loved Spartacus so that part doesnt seem to bad to me. First and last season were great.

  • poppincherry

    Ain’t this a bitch! Even the goddamn tv series is having problems getting off the ground.
    The movie version sucked balls. So why oh why are they even doing this shit!

    • Because….

      Daredevil is a great character with plenty of intense material to draw from. Just because a shitty movie was made doesn’t mean the character should be blacklisted from appearing in any media outside of print.

  • DEADP00L

    Marvel seems to be having a bad week. What’s next? I get sold from Fox to Sony?

    • Batt Damon

      Well, the Sinister Six need someone to fight

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  • Colin Christian

    I knew it. This is just the start. There is product to sell,screw art.

  • Cog

    I really like
    Steven DeKnight.

  • Hmmmm

    Well, that seems like a poor career choice.

  • Grendal Sven

    I loved Spartacus, especially the first season and Gods of the Arena, it broke my heart when Andy Whitfield died. The guy they got to replace him just didn’t cut it, that’s what killed the series for me, not the acting, writing, or direction.

    Personally, I didn’t think Cabin in the Woods was all THAT great, it was good, but not worthy of all the praise heaped upon it (and Thor died like a bitch.) So this is a win for me.

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  • Blind Marvel

    Goddard is big blow for marvel even if they don’t realize it, he knew and loves the character and has a particular way of doing things, the replacement the only thing that brings is 300 look a like graphics. The good thing with the Marvel movies is that they brought particular voices to the projects, now it resembles more to the format of network tv.

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