Less than a week since the announcement of Marvel’s partnership with Netflix to develop four new live-action television shows, rumors have already begun as to which creative teams might be involved. The Wrap reports that Joss Whedon‘s “Cabin in the Woods” collaborator Drew Goddard is currently in negotiations to write “Daredevil,” the first of the Marvel series to air on Netflix. Goddard, who wrote the script for “World War Z,” has also worked on a number of television projects including “Lost” and “Alias” as well as Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.”
Goddard’s love of Daredevil is well documented. While doing press for “World War Z” in 2012, the screenwriter spoke with Collider, where he expressed interest in writing the character and said a “seminal” work for him was Frank Miller’s “Born Again.”
“You’re talking to a guy that had quotes from ‘Daredevil’ painted on his walls all growing up,” Goddard told Collider in 2012. “When I was 18, I still had the blood-red door [with the quote] ‘I have shown him a man without hope is a man without fear.’ That’s the sort of thing I love. If I can find the right project, I would love to do it. It’s just a matter of finding the right project. Filmmaking is alchemy and it’s all about finding what’s right.”
The fact that Goddard has frequently collaborated with Joss Whedon in the past — so much so that he even cameoed in “Doctor Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog” as Evil Thomas Jefferson — lends additional weight to the unconfirmed report that he’s in the running to write a Marvel television series. After all, Whedon himself may be busy with Marvel movies, but “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is currently headed up by Jed Whedon (Joss’ brother) and Maurisa Tancheroen, Jed’s wife. It wouldn’t be surprising if Whedon has a vision as to how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will extend to serialized programming, and Goddard being a part of that vision would certainly make sense.