Writer/director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) is leaving Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series as showrunner and Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer/Spartacus showrunner Steven S. DeKnight will take his place, Marvel Studios has announced.
Goddard wrote the first two episodes of Daredevil and was set to executive produce and direct the series as well, but has been tapped to write and oversee Sony’s Spider-Man all-villain spinoff, The Sinister Six. Marvel announced Saturday that DeKnight—whose credits also include Angel and Smallville —will take his place as showrunner. Goddard will remain on board with the upcoming Netflix series as executive producer.
“Deeply honored to be a part of it,” DeKnight posted on Twitter in response to the news.
Production on Daredevil will begin in New York this summer and the 13-episode series will premiere on Netflix in 2015.
The show—featuring comic book character Matt Murdoch, a New York City resident who is transformed with superhero powers after being struck by a radioactive substance—is one of four upcoming comic book adaptations that will be produced in a deal between Marvel and Netflix announced last November. The four live-action series—Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage—will eventually converge in a miniseries tentatively titled The Defenders.