With director David Slade recently moving on from the mooted Daredevil reboot, and the clock ticking on Fox's option before it expires at the end of the year and reverts to Marvel, it sounds as if the studio could do worse than get Drew Goddard in for a meeting. Collared by Collider at the Saturn Awards, the Cabin In The Woods writer/director revealed a lifelong interest in ol' Hornhead, and the stories Frank Miller gave him in the 1980s.
Asked if he'd have any interest in following his Cabin mentor Joss Whedon into blockbuster superhero territory, Goddard's response was, "If we could find the right project, I would love to do it. You're talking to a guy who had quotes from Daredevil painted on his walls growing up... Fox has most of the stuff that was on my walls as a kid! Conversations always happen, but until anything's official, who knows? But I'll definitely put it out there that I love all these characters. I'm a Marvel/DC kid."
Asked specifically if there were any DD stories he felt were ripe for adaptation, Goddard says that, "Like everyone else, I love Born Again: that was a seminal work for me. Everything Frank Miller did on Daredevil is like the Bible."
Absolutely nothing is formal or set in stone here - it's just Goddard speaking casually - but that "conversations always happen" bit is interesting, perhaps implying that wheels might be turning. Born Again is also already the story that's apparently in development for the new film. Brad Caleb Kane, David Scarpa and, most recently, David James Kelly have worked on drafts of the screenplay. Perhaps one more pass from Goddard could get the film on the Fox fast track?
All mere speculation at the moment, so watch this space for further updates. Collider's interview also sees Goddard play down his recent involvement in extensive World War Z repair work. "That happens all the time," he says. "My involvement was just give some ideas, write some scenes, just sort of fill in stuff. I don't know why it got blown up out of proportion and became a big thing..."
The current UK release date for World War Z is June 21 next year.