Marvel.com announced earlier today that Daredevil showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez have been hired as showrunners on Marvel's The Defenders. Daredevil's Drew Goddard will also serve as Executive Producer.
Drew Goddard, executive producer for Daredevil's first season has some encouraging words for how the show's second season is shaping up in his absence.
We've never gonna get a more appropriately named director than Mark Webb, though.
Take it with a grain of salt, but if this news turns out to be true, then it looks like the latest Spidey flick will soon have its director. Now, if we could just hurry up and cast the lead already...
You might also know him as dreamy Tristan from Stardust
or despicable Philip, Duke of Crowborough from Downton Abbey
but soon audiences will know actor Charlie Cox
as the Man Without Fear, Daredevil.
There's been yet another switcheroo at Marvel this weekend: The Daredevil Netflix series is getting a new showrunner. Drew Goddard has stepped away from the helm, and will instead be writing and directing the Spider-Man spinoff film Sinister Six. Taking his place is Steven S. DeKnight, who worked with Goddard on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel. His past credits also include Dollhouse, Spartacus, and Smallville. Goddard, who has already written the first two episodes of Daredevil, will still be an Executive Producer for the series.
A longtime producer of the X-Men franchise says that Fox is no idiot, knows when to not let go of an immensely popular actress; Sony names a director for the Sinister Six movie to remind everyone that they're still totally making guys!
Marvel is moving much more quickly on its putative Netflix series than it has on some other TV projects
in its history, and has already named writers for two of them, Drew Goddard
and Melissa Rosenberg
on Jessica Jones
. Rosenberg's involvement is particularly exciting as she was involved in a previous effort at getting a Jessica Jones series (pictured above, clocking Doctor Doom with a fire hydrant) to screen, one that sounded like it was shaping up pretty well. (Also, Carol Danvers was in it.)
Bloody Good Fun
Universal Orlando has teamed with writer/director Drew Goddard
to create a Halloween Horror experience out of The Cabin in the Woods
. I want to go so bad but I'm worried I wouldn't make it back.
The Human Machine
just keeps getting nerdier. First she plays Catwoman. Then Fantine in Les Misérables.
(Musicals are no less nerdy for not involving superheroes or sci-fi.) And now she's joined the cast of Steven Spielberg
, based on a book about robots that gain sentience and start a war against humanity (naturally).
May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor
I have never reacted to the news that a particular screenwriter has been attached to a movie with such glee. But, as of yesterday, Emmy Award winning screenwriter Danny Strong
—you may know him better as Jonathan Levinson from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
, a.k.a. faux-James Bond in that one episode where he learned to do magic, a.k.a. "I'm supposed to buy that Jonathan would go all evil villain and try to kill Buffy? Really? He gave her the class protector umbrella
. Side-eyeing you so hard right now, season six"…
Ahem, sorry, getting off track. Where was I?
And All Was Right With the World
Frankly, I wouldn't put it past our pal Joss Whedon
to premiere his Shakespeare film, Much Ado About Nothing
, in his own backyard. We knew it wouldn't come to that of course, but he did film it all at his house while shooting The Avengers
, and he's not a stranger to unusual distribution in tough times. Regardless, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate have bought the North American rights to the film. All is well.
Things We Saw Today
Max Brooks' zombie novel World War Z has had a rough road to the big screen. It's been re-written and re-shot and re-written and re-shot, etc. Now they've brought on screenwriter Drew Goddard to take a swing at it. Goddard has previously worked on Cloverfield, Lost, and Cabin in the Woods. (via Blastr)
Allow Us To Explain
So, you may have been trying to avoid all the buzz that surrounded The Cabin in the Woods
, which, if all you have seen of it is the commercials and online ads, is being marketed as your typical "young people in a creepy cabin in the middle of nowhere surrounded by supernatural evil" kind of movie. However, if you'd been anywhere near the internet before its release on April 13, you would have known that there were tons of people who had seen this movie, either at SXSW
or at a more recent screening, and could not talk about it
because of the massive secret about the framework of the movie that could not be revealed that there was zero indication of in the ads. A friend told me, between the SXSW premiere and the 13th, that Joss Whedon
-- the movie's co-writer and producer -- said if the secret to this movie got out, he would hunt that person down in their own home and kill them, or something to that effect. (
Apologies for not finding Joss Whedon saying that exact quote.
Not kill, but mock -- the "threat" can be seen here
Now that the movie has been out for over a week, some of you have seen it, and some of you are planning on it. And some of you might be wondering, as you hear all the hyperbolic statements about "the spoilers" and "the awesome," what makes this movie so astoundingly great and unique. Don't worry, I'm going to tell you. However, I'm also going to discuss the whole movie, so if you haven't seen it, and you're avoiding spoilers, I strongly urge you to trust me (and everyone else) to see the movie to find out for yourself how great it is. Because after the jump: tons o' spoilers
And now: Why The Cabin in the Woods
is everyone's new favorite horror movie.
Good News Everyone!
Back in October 2009, Joss Whedon
was set to premiere a new horror movie called The Cabin in the Woods
, which he co-wrote with Cloverfield
scribe Drew Goddard
. For a number of reasons, this awesome-sounding project was shelved. But now, Lionsgate has picked it up for distribution
and a new release is planned, though a date hasn't been announced. This may have finally come about because of the amazing names attached to it. Or maybe it has something to do with one of the stars, a little known actor (at the time) named Chris Hemsworth