November 12, 2013 1:02pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Lost,' 'Buffy' Alum to Write, Run Disney's Netflix Drama 'Daredevil'
Disney and Netflix have found their man for Daredevil.
Lost and Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Drew Goddard is in final negotiations to write and serve as showrunner on the 13-episode series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Representatives for Goddard, Netflix and Marvel declined comment.
Netflix has committed to four 13-episode series based on Marvel Comics characters including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Daredevil is the first series and it's expected to begin streaming in 2015 before all four shows lead into a miniseries based on the Defenders.
Goddard's credits include ABC's Lost and Alias, as well as Buffy and its spinoff, Angel. On the big screen, his credits also include Brad Pitt zombie drama World War Z, and he directed The Cabin in the Woods, on which he reteamed with Buffy mastermind Joss Whedon, a Marvel staple who wrote both Avengers features and comics including Astonishing X-Men.
Daredevil centers on Matt Murdock, a blind superhero previously played by Ben Affleck in the 2003 feature written by Mark Steven Johnson.
Marvel Television will produce all five series including Daredevil with ABC Studios. The deal expands Marvel's relationship with ABC and the studio behind the network's Agents of SHIELD, which was the first drama to be picked up for a full season at the Disney-owned broadcaster.
Goddard is repped by UTA.