Drew Goddard is in negotiations to write the upcoming “Daredevil” series for Netflix and Disney, an individual with knowledge of the project has told TheWrap.
A representative for Goddard had no comment, while representatives for Netflix and Marvel did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
Goddard previously served as a writer and producer on the hit ABC series “Lost” and “Alias,” as well as a writer on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” He wrote this year’s Brad Pitt zombie epic “World War Z,” and directed the horror movie “The Cabin in the Woods,” which he also co-wrote with Marvel maestro Joss Whedon.
“Daredevil” follows blind superhero Matt Murdock, who was previously portrayed by Ben Affleck in a 2003 movie directed by Mark Steven Johnson.
As recently reported, the Walt Disney Co. and Netflix are teaming up for original live-action series based on Marvel characters Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist. The deal also includes a miniseries about a team of superheroes called the Defenders.
The new series will kick off next year, with Marvel Television producing in association with ABC Television Studios.
Goddard is a self-professed “Daredevil” buff whose interest in the character is well known. “You’re talking to a guy who had quotes from Daredevil painted on his wall while growing up,” Goddard told Collider earlier this year. “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.”
Melissa Rosenberg will write and produce a series based on Marvel's Jessica Drew character for Netflix, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Rosenberg will serve as a writer and executive producer.
Rosenberg, screenwriter for the Twilight films, was tapped years ago to develop AKA Jessica Jones, a drama revolving around the Marvel hero at ABC, but the series never materialized.
The Jessica Jones series is one of four centered on Marvel heroes Netflix is developing. The streaming service has committed to a minimum of four 13-episode series, which will begin rolling out in 2015 and is slated to culminate in a miniseries about The Defenders, a dream team of heroic characters.
Other heroes slated to get their own Netflix shows include Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. In the comics, Jessica Jones first appeared in 2001's Alias No. 1, by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. She was a private detective and former superhero who'd had a lackluster career and quit after suffering an incident that left her in a coma.
The Marvel/Netflix deal came months after Marvel launched its first live-action primetime scripted drama, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, which ABC picked up for a full season in October. Marvel is also eyeing a potential series that would center on Agent Carter, the character played by Hayley Atwell in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger. The series would be based on a one-shot featured on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray.
Comic book characters have remained hot commodities this development season, with Fox giving a straight-to-series order for a Commissioner Gordon-centered Batman prequel, The CW prepping a potential Arrow spinoff focused on Flash, as well as a drama based on DC Comics hero Hourman, just to name a few.