It looks like ‘Ant-Man’ isn’t the only Marvel Studios production being forced to change things up a bit. Shortly after the news broke that Edgar Wright would no longer be directing the upcoming Phase Three film, another major departure was announced at the House of Ideas, but this time from the Netflix show ‘Daredevil’.
Marvel.com announced late Friday that Drew Goddard of ‘Cloverfield’ and ‘The Cabin In The Woods’ would no longer be the showrunner for the series based on the Man Without Fear. After the initial announcement of Marvel’s new shows on the popular streaming service in November of last year, ‘Daredevil’ was set to be the first Netflix Original Program taking place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, followed by series featuring Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and the Defenders. Goddard was then brought on to be the guiding force behind the show in addition to writing episodes, but now, after writing the first 2 episodes of ‘Daredevil’, it appears that he has stepped down in favor of working on his other Marvel project, ‘The Sinister Six’. He landed the job to write and direct the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ spinoff for Sony shortly after he got the Daredevil gig and many wondered about how he’d be able to juggle both at the same time, especially after the villainous team was teased in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’. Well, it looks like the answer is that he won’t.Steven S. DeKnight
The report also names Goddard’s replacement. While he will still stay on as an Executive Producer and consultant, fellow alumni of the ‘Buffy: The Vampire Slayer’ writer’s room Steven S. DeKnight will takeover the role of showrunner. The acclaimed writer, director, and producer is also known for his recent work on ‘Spartacus’ starring Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, and Lucy Lawless.
Finally, this shake up will not affect the 2015 release date for ‘Daredevil’. Other than the changing of the guard, the 13-episode series seems to be continuing with business as usual. However, since they never announced exactly when in 2015 the show would premiere, we’d really have no way of knowing if they’re behind schedule now or not.
It’s really interesting that Goddard would go with Sony over Marvel. Even though the industry may view film credits as more impressive entries on one’s IMDB page, Marvel and Netflix really have good things going right now. Both are making big moves in the industry at the moment by producing high quality and highly popular programs where as Sony has received incredibly mixed reviews on the latest installment of their rebooted web-slinging franchise. It seems like the choice is pretty clear cut, but there could be other factors that we may not know about at this time such as contracts and the like.
What do you think about Drew Goddard choosing ‘The Sinister Six’ over ‘Daredevil’? Would you have left helming a project at Marvel Studios in favor of the Spider-Man spinoff for Sony Pictures? And are you happy with Steven S. DeKnight stepping up into the showrunner position? Sound off in the comments below.