Drew Goddard Plays Down ‘World War Z’ Troubles; Expresses Interest in ‘Daredevil’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

The ongoing saga of Paramount’s World War Z took another disconcerting turn last month, when reports were circulating that Drew Goddard (the co-writer and director behind the acclaimed, subversive, horror flick, Cabin in the Woods) is scripting a new conclusion for the film, based on an ending conceived by Damon Lindelof.

It seemed reasonable to assume that Goddard had been recruited to overhaul the seemingly-troubled third act of World War Z, given his current status as an in-demand screenwriter (he’s also penning Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalpse). Goddard, however, says that reports of him doing a full-blown script rewrite are greatly exaggerated.

Here is what Goddard told Collider, about the WWZ situation:

“I think a lot of that got blown out of proportion. It really was like, they asked me to come look at the movie and give ideas on how to help, and that’s what happened. That happens all the time, I don’t know why this got blown up with World War Z and it suddenly became a big thing. It’s the sort of thing that happens with screenwriters all the time where you give your ideas on what could help, you write some scenes for people.”

Goddard later mentioned that he feels bad about “the sort of magnifying glass [WWZ's] under,” and that the film’s much-publicized behind the scene struggles are nothing out of the ordinary for blockbusters (going by his own experience).

Still, the six month delay and seven weeks of reshoots do seem unusual, even for an innovative tentpole flick like WWZ (a grounded zombpocalyptic thriller with overt socio-political themes). The project’s been lurching along in a clunky fashion since the get-go, so this could ultimately prove to be one of those great films that was hell to make – or, an over-ambitious, costly, misstep (hopefully not, though).

Daredevil reboot official announcement Drew Goddard Plays Down World War Z Troubles; Expresses Interest in Daredevil

Eventually, the conversation shifted to Goddard’s interests in superhero properties, where the filmmaker had the following to say:

“You’re talking to a guy who had quotes from Daredevil painted on his wall while growing up. 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.”

Fox’s Daredevil reboot, as it were, is in need of a director, following the departure of David Slade. The script is undergoing a rewrite (courtesy of David James Kelly) and is speculated to be heavily-influenced by Frank Miller’s famous “Born Again” comic storyline. Goddard coincidentally (… or is it?) also spoke warmly of Miller’s Daredevil work.

Many fans would probably approve of Goddard taking on Daredevil, though it might not be enough to stop others from wondering what might’ve been, had Slade called the shots (see: The Wolverine, after Darren Aronofsky left). Fox might want to, at least, consider Goddard for the job – especially while looking for a director to get the reboot into production before the year’s end (when the character rights revert to Marvel).

Would you be interested in a Daredevil reboot directed by Drew Goddard? Or would you prefer the rights go back to Marvel?

Meanwhile, World War Z opens in U.S. theaters on June 21st, 2013.


Source: Collider [via The Playlist]

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  1. You have got to be kidding me with this WWZ film. I haven’t read the book or been following this film’s news too closely. But from what I’ve read so far in the articles and comments, it seems like they’re trying HARD to losing both time and money, just so that they can be dishonest to the source material.

    The ending in the book can’t be THAT bad, could it?

    • The ending of the book isn’t the problem. They’re changing so much for the movie that it seems like the only thing that is the same is the title.
      But I agree with you that this has become such a train wreck that it seems like they’re trying to mess it up. It’s almost comical…

  2. daredevil needs to go back to marvel.. this already looks like its going to be a bad film just like the fasttracked first class from last year.
    bottom line is fox does not own the characters from the marvel cinematic universe and without them this franchise has reached a deadend…..

    • Xmen first class was bad? You sir don’t understand good cinema then. Just because something goes to Marvel doesn’t mean magically it’s going to be good. Captain America, Thor and Iron Man 2 were not very good. I don’t get how people believe Marvel has had a string of masterpieces since the Avengers did great and was great. What Fox needs to do is get a screenwriter like Goddard or David S Goyer and find a director who can enhance the source material. Studios don’t make great movies, directors like Vaughn, Nolan, and although I don’t like his previous stuff Whedon, who treat the character and the movie with respect makes great movies.

    • Why do Marvel-fans think a comic book movie can’t be good just because it’s not from Marvel.

      The director and the screenwriter that matter, not the brand.

      First Class is the best of the series in my opinion.

      • Because aside from Blade, Spider-Man 2, and First Class, the rest of the Marvel movies have stunk. On the other hand, look at how well Marvel has done with its movies. No contest.

    • I’m with you Rod22. Everything comics related that fox has done has been very sad. X2 was somewhat okay, and First Class was abysmal. I feel all the Marvel character IP needs to be under Marvel so the film universe can allow all the team ups that would make great movies like “Planet Hulk” and “Secret Invasion.”

      • While its geat to dream and imagine the perfect movie, even if Marvel had all the rights to all its charcters, you really think it would bother doing team up films like a Hulk and Wolverine movie?

        While the Hulk is doing well now in the public eye after the Avengers, the first two solo movies didnt really make an impression with the general public. You think Marvel would put in the massive dollars needed for a Planet Hulk film?

        A charcter like Daredevil probably wouldnt get a Marvel Studios treatment anyway, at least not untill like 2020 at the earliest and if a director/writer like Goddard was behind a Daredevil reboot, I’d watch it, no matter which film studio as producing.

  3. Agreed! Directors/writers make a movie successful, not the brand (i.e. Marvel).

    IMHO, Daredevil needs to an adult, contemporary movie with a realistic, gritty tone.

    On a side note, bring back Blade! Not sure why studios are passing up on this franchise…

    • I don’t think Blade needs to be brought back for solo movies. I believe it was a great trilogy and should be left alone. However, if Blade were to be included into the Avengers with Wesley Snipes it would be fantastic.

      • I’d like to see more solo movies of Blade, with a new actor (love Wesley, but I think his time has past).

        Was Blade ever an Avenger in the comic books? I doubt we’ll see Blade in the Avengers, unless there’s a vampire apocalypse that requires the Avenger’s attention!

  4. i dont know if they can do vamps in the avangers universe .. but i dont see why not when they can do aliens and what not ..

  5. If they can give DD a dark Knight kind of treatment for a trilogy then it should remain at fox, however if they can’t get the train rolling then DD will be meeting the avengers (especially black widow) at some point.

    • I like a Nolan approach, or even one approaching the Bourne trilogy.

  6. I think Aronofsky would be better Daredevil director (he dropped out of The Wolverine, but he seems a better fit for Hell’s Kitchen and inner city criminals over mutants and ninjas) And the actor who plays Jamie Lannister on Game of Thrones would make a great Matt Murdock.

    “DAREDEVIL: The Man Without Fear” would be a good title.

    • Aronofsky would be outstanding! If not Daredevil, then a Dark Knight reboot post Nolan…

  7. I’d like to see Goddard’s version of Daredevil. I don’t think Marvel needs the rights back for the Man Without Fear. They’ll just shelve it while making Avengers-based character movies. It sounds like they plan to shelve the Punisher and Blade (whose rights recently reverted back to Marvel). I’m happy with the way things are. Sony has Spidey. Fox has the X-Men. Warner Bros. keeps making DC comics. And Marvel/Disney have their universe of characters. And I get to see lots and lots of comic-book movies each year. Without Sony, this summer would only have TDKR and the Avengers…Spidey was a nice filler movie. Without FOX, last year would have been Thor, Captain America, and Green Lantern…and we wouldn’t have X-men First Class which was the best of those. I’m happy with the way things are…the market is not too saturated (yet) with these movies and fans have plenty of choices to go watch.

    • Good write up! Agree wholeheartedly.

  8. All the superhero characters should be in one cinematic universe. It probably would benefit the fans much more and the movies would most likely deliver better stories since they are not limited to anything.
    Does that make sense? Lol

  9. I couldn’t get through the book. For those who haven’t read it there is no storyline so to speak. Its more of a collection featuring interviews & stories of characters who survived the zombie apocalypse. Most range from the typical cliche stories you’ve seen a million times. It got boring after around the 5-6th.

  10. While I enjoyed the director’s cut of Ben Affleck’s Daredevil effort, I do hope this title reverts back to Marvel, where the character belongs. A rushed effort will only hurt the franchise. That said, I would hope Marvel would usher their Marvel MAX / Marvel Knights characters to a subsidiary of Disney rather than shelving them to make way for space raccoons.

  11. Daredevil could work… no R-Rating, but a PG-13 Dark Knight type of film. The right script, director, actors, it could be very successful. Daredevil has a rich history. I wish though that Daredevil would use different stories from Daredevil’s history to make a film instead of an adaptation of a story. Do like Nolan who took parts of Batman stories to make his films.

  12. @Jason, I agree, Marvel needs to create a subsidiary studio for more adult themed characters and stories. But as far as Daredevil, let that baby go back to Marvel. Like others have said he can be Marvel Studios’ Dark Knight.

    • I like this idea of a Marvel subsidiary for adult themed characters. Daredevil, Blade, etc. could go there.

      But I have some doubts. It only works if studios let go of the Marvel characters they currently license. It also seems that Marvel/Disney is interested in making general audience pictures that are kid friendly. An adult themed Daredevil (which I really want to see) wouldn’t interest them at this point. Plus, they’ve already got a full plate for 2013 and 2014 (i.e. Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy). So it might be a while (if ever) for this to happen.

  13. So let it go back to Marvel. Then get Goddard to direct it in Frank Miller style. I don’t think anyone would have a problem with Daredevil the Man without Fear when it looks like Sin City.

  14. frank miller is getting richer from year to year. the dark knight trilogy has sources,charactertypes especially com.gordon and b.wayne/batman from his batcomics, then -the wolverine- also sources from miller and mark millar, and we have 300 and sin city which are movies directly interpreted . he´s the best screenwriter !

  15. Matt Smith as Daredevil…. I’m not a HUGE Doctor Who fan but I don’t hate the idea.