While discussing the upcoming live-action adaptation of “The Martian” at the Toronto Film Festival, writer Drew Goddard admitted to Collider that despite exiting the acclaimed Marvel and Netflix series “Daredevil” as showrunner, he’s still very much involved in the show’s second season.
“My job is wonderful which is — I mean my friends are running it, Marco [Ramirez] and Doug [Petrie], and when I say, ‘What do you guys need?’ they say, ‘Come in, talk,'” Goddard told Collider. “That’s how it works, I’m still the executive producer. I show up and we talk about Matt Murdock and I say, ‘Do you need any more help?’ and they say, ‘No,’ and then I leave (laughs).”
Goddard said that he absolutely loves coming in and talking about the character as he was a passionate fan even before working on the series as the first season’s showrunner, writer and director — so much so than when approaching the series, he wanted to make sure to treat it as though it was like a comic book run.
“With Matt Murdock I just had such a personal connection to that character it was just like, ‘I have to do this.’ I don’t want to — I call it ‘superhero karaoke,’ I don’t wanna be a guy that just takes the comics and then shoots them onscreen. I think it’s our job to treat it as if it’s our run. If I’m the writer of a comic book, you wouldn’t just retell someone else’s story, you would just take that ball and move it forward.”
“I’m always there when they wanna talk about it, because this is what I do in my spare time anyway, sit around and talk about Daredevil. So if it counts as a job, I’m always ready to do it.”
Goddard departed “Daredevil” as showrunner to write and direct a “Sinister Six” film for Sony Pictures but remained an EP on the series. However, after the less-than-amazing response to “Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Sony scrapped the spinoff film.
“Daredevil” Season 2 is set to premiere in 2016, while “The Martian” — written by Goddard and directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon — arrives in theaters October 2, 2015.
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