Steven S. DeKnight, who served as executive producer and showrunner of ‘Daredevil’ season one, is planning to work even more extensively with Netflix. The writer, director and producer has signed a multi-year deal to develop both series and feature films for the streaming service.
Netflix’s vice president of original content, Cindy Holland announced:
“Steven S. DeKnight is a multifaceted writer, director, producer and showrunner whose daring visions have gripped audiences for years. From Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which become a global cult sensation, to his historical gladiator epic Spartacus, and his unforgettable work on season one of Marvel’s Daredevil, Steven’s bold, visceral storytelling has left its mark. We look forward to teaming with him on future original series and other projects for our members around the world.”
“Collaborating with Netflix on the first season of Daredevil was one of the most satisfying creative endeavors of my career. The level of trust they place in their creatives is matched only by their unflagging support and enthusiasm for storytelling. I couldn’t ask for a better home for myself or DeKnight Productions.”
DeKnight has mainly worked in television, but he recently directed and wrote the screenplay for ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’. After penning the scripts for episodes of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, he went on to write and serve as co-producer on ‘Angel’, co-executive producer on ‘Smallville’ and consulting producer on ‘Dollhouse’. He then created Starz’s ‘Spartacus: Gods of the Arena’ and ‘Spartacus: War oft he Damned’.
Netflix is said to be embracing bigger-budget spectacles like its recent hit ‘Bright’, directed by David Ayer and starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ wasn’t a huge hit at the domestic box office, but perhaps a smaller-scale version made for Netflix would have been more successful. DeKnight has pondered making a third, after all.
At any rate, with DeKnight’s history, he may turn in some truly memorable projects for Netflix.