In an interview with IGN, writer/director Drew Goddard talked about his role in the early days of Marvel’s “Daredevil” TV series, a project that was initially intended to appear on a much larger screen.
“I went into Marvel and talked to them about making it as a movie a couple of years ago, long after the [Ben] Affleck movie,” said Goddard, referring to the Man Without Fear’s 2003 feature film. “But what we all sort of realized is that, this movie doesn’t want to cost $200 million. The thing about Matt Murdock is, he’s not saving the world. He’s just keeping his corner clean. So it would feel wrong to have spaceships crashing in the middle of the city. But because of that, Marvel on the movie side is not in the business of making $25 million movies. They’re going big, as they should.”
Instead, the project ended up on Netflix, the first of five television shows that will appear exclusively on the streaming service. “It felt that we’d have more freedom to make it on the small screen and make it more adult,” Goddard continued. “Look, if we took the Netflix [show] and put it in theaters, it’s rated R. And they’re not doing R-rated movies. And we also got to really explore the character. I feel like Netflix was the best possible home for that, otherwise you’d end up with a watered down version.”
Goddard had to step down from running “Daredevil’s” first season, but he has revealed that he still has a consultant role on season two.
“Yeah, I’m not running the show any more, Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are, and they’re doing a phenomenal job,” Goddard said to IGN. “I get to go and play. All I can tell you is that if you liked Season 1, then Season 2 is going to blow your mind. They’re going big.”
“Daredevil” returns to Netflix in 2016.
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