'Spartacus' Showrunner Replaces Drew Goddard on the Netflix 'Daredevil' Series

Steven S. DeKnight is set to take over on the 'Daredevil' series, as original showrunner Drew Goddard focuses on Sony's 'Sinister Six'.

Latino Review announced earlier today that writer and director Drew Goddard has left Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil series, with THR quickly confirming the news. While Drew Goddard will no longer direct or write the pilot, he will remain with the series as a consultant on the drama.

Drew Goddard will now hand over showrunning duties to Steven S. DeKnight, who has worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lost. He also served as showrunner on Starz' Spartacus for three seasons.

Drew Goddard stepped down as showrunner to focus his energy on writing and directing previously announced The Sinister Six for Sony Pictures.

Drew Goddard was set to write and direct the first episode of Daredevil, while serving as a show runner and an executive producer for the remaining 12 episodes. The series is scheduled to hit Netflix in 2015, streaming all 13 episodes on its premiere date.

Daredevil is one of four new Netflix and Marvel series planned for 2015. The other shows include Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. The series will culminate in a miniseries event for The Defenders.

Daredevil is on the cusp of principle photography, which will begin this summer. Casting announcements are expected soon, with both Zac Efron and Dexter's Michael C. Hall said to be eyed for the lead. Its not clear if this news will shift the timeline of the production.

We likely won't know more about this story until Tuesday due to the holdiay weekend. Stay tuned for the latest breaking Marvel news, which at this rate, could continue throughout the holiday weekend. Happy Memorial Day!


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Comments (9)

  1. Writer220

    @ObiWanShinobi I would love to have a working relationship with Marvel Studios & Disney. It would boost any actors or directors career.

    7 months agoby @writer220Flag

  2. Josh

    I was interested in seeing Goddard's take on Daredevil, but I'm still looking forward to the show. DeKnight seems like a fitting replacement

    7 months agoby @shuabertFlag

  3. ObiWanShinobi

    I'd say Mr. Edwards is secretly leaving the Godzilla franchise for the Star Wars Universe. I remember JJ saying he would still direct Star Trek 3 when he got the gig for Episode 7. We all know that isn't the case anymore. The same thing will commence with Gareth Edwards when it comes to him & Godzilla. He's obviously chosen Disney. Wise man. A relationship with Disney is lucrative, no matter if it's a TV show or a movie. Gotta look at it in the long run. @Brizzy

    7 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  4. ObiWanShinobi

    YES. I would rather be in a relationship with Marvel Studios & Disney than with Sony Pictures whom obviously have no idea what they're doing. A great example is the sh*t fest the first 2 Spidey films were & the fact that the Sinister Six will basically just be soldiers of Oscorp Industries which is stupid as hell. A relationship with Disney would prove to be very lucrative, if you ask me. Ask Gareth Edwards. @Brizzy

    7 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  5. Brizzy

    @ObiWanShinobi You would pick a netflix show over a theatrical released blockbuster?
    Really?

    7 months agoby @BrizzyFlag

  6. undeadslayer4

    @Brizzy never watched spartacus so i dont really know

    7 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  7. ObiWanShinobi

    & If Zac Efron is cast I won't even care about this show anyway.

    7 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  8. ObiWanShinobi

    You had a choice. Marvel Studios or Sony. Should've picked Marvel Studios

    7 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  9. Brizzy

    meh.
    Indifferent as of right now.

    7 months agoby @BrizzyFlag