Well, that did not take long! Even as excitement and speculation mount over the astonishing deal for four original Netflix series based on Marvel characters, we already have two show runners in place. Long-time Joss Whedon/JJ Abrams associate Drew Goddard will write Daredevil and Twilight/Dexter/Red Widow alum Melissa Rosenberg will write Jessica Jones.
Goddard directed Cabin in the Woods, wrote the World War Z adaptation and had a hand in Alias and Lost. He is a veteran, as they say. And he knows Daredevil:
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.
Rosenberg’s connection to Jones goes back a ways—she was the original writer on the aborted ABC version of the show from three years ago. According to Deadline, the concept will undergo some fine tuning but Jones will still be a private eye.
Writers for Luke Cage and Iron Fist can’t be far behind. Toot toot!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.