It was just last week when we learned Disney/Marvel was teaming with Netflix to bring four new live action series to life: Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones. (Plus, all of the storylines will eventually converge for a miniseries event “The Defenders.”) But even though it’s only been a few days since we first heard the news, we’re already getting word about the first piece of behind-the-scenes talent to fit into the puzzle.
The Wrap reports that Drew Goddard is in negotiations to pen the “Daredevil” series for the streaming service. Goddard was a writer on “Angel,” a writer/producer on “Alias” and “Lost,” he wrote Cloverfield and did a rewrite on World War Z, and he co-wrote The Cabin in the Woods with Joss Whedon and made his feature directorial debut on that cult classic horror thriller. He certainly has the geek credentials for a writing gig like this, and his connection to Whedon, godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, definitely doesn’t hurt. (Cabin also starred Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth.)
But Daredevil fans will be happy to know that Goddard is also a long-time fan of the character. Earlier this year, he told Collider:
You’re talking to a guy who had quotes from Daredevil painted on his wall while growing up. Even 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 loved and so it’s the sort of thing that if we can find the right project, I would love to do it.
Looks like he’s found the right project, and being a fan of the character should go a long way in allowing him to bring some interesting stories to light. Marvel’s cinematic efforts have been above average so far, but even though they’ve brought a few different directors into the fold, there seems to be a kind of “sameness” to a lot of their projects, likely designed that way to subtly remind audiences all these characters are living in a shared universe. We’ve been wondering if that “sameness” would be applied to their new television outings as well, since they’re already planning to overlap those storylines too.
But hiring Goddard leads me to believe that at least these new series will have some individuality to them, and I think that will be the key to seeing whether these new shows can attract audiences for larger than just the first few episodes. Since they’ll all be set in Hell’s Kitchen, they’ll theoretically be dealing with some of the same locations, so the more variation and quality the studio can bring to the storytelling, the better. No word yet on how this will impact Goddard’s upcoming film adaptation of The Martian, but we’re hoping he’ll get behind the camera to direct a couple “Daredevil” episodes if that film gets bumped to the back burner.
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