marvelnetflix.jpgWell, 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!


  1. Alias is still one of my all time favorite comic book series. I remember being kind of mad that every time I tried to talk about it, people thought I meant the TV show, which came out after the series started, so it’s kind of funny to me that Goddard didn’t get put on that project. Still, I’d love to see it, as long as it’s done to the BMB level of writing quality.

  2. I really, really enjoyed Cabin in the Woods, so I’m excited to see what Goddard can do on Daredevil. I never watched Dexter, and really did not care for the Twilight movies, but I’ll take some comfort from the fact that Rosenberg has been involved with the material for quite some time. I hope that shows a deep interest and passion for the material. Starting from the Alias series should provide a pretty good foundation story-wise, as long as they get a good, credible actress for Jessica Jones.

  3. Supposedly Rosenberg was at Dexter when it was good, but I can’t actually speak to that. Twilight, I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, I’m guessing the base material likely limited her ability to make something really good. Birds of Prey, though, that is an interesting one. I simply don’t remember it well enough to say, but I suppose that is an indictment in itself. Hmmmm, maybe I’m more pessimistic about her Jessica Jones than I originally hoped.

  4. @ Torsten: While I appreciate the sarcastic response, I think you’ve missed my point. I don’t care if people like Twilight. If they do, mazel tov, everyone should have something that makes them happy. But I watched a couple of the Twilight movies (with Riff Tracks), and they were total shit. Now, I understand good writers have bad projects and Hollywood is full of rewrite jobs, but when someone with Twilight, AND Dexter AND Birds of Prey takes on something I’m interested in, I’m a bit concerned.

  5. Sorry, Zach, I wasn’t responding to you.

    I was responding to the meme from CCI:SD 2009, when “Twilight Ruined Comic-Con”.

    The only trepidation I would have is if Akiva Goldsman returned to writing superhero or science fiction genre films.

  6. Rosenberg… Oh dear god no. Even when it was good, the writing was never a strength of Dexter. Her other works are even worse.

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