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

     May 24, 2014


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.