Drew Goddard Talks WORLD WAR Z Rewrites And His Love Of DAREDEVIL

The Cabin in the Woods writer discusses his involvement with World War Z, claiming that the reports he had been brought in to rewrite the ending were blown out of proportion. Goddard also shares his thoughts on the chances of working on a superhero movie and his love of Daredevil.

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By Josh Wilding - 7/29/2012
Talking to Collider at the Saturn Awards last week, screenwriter and director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) has clarified his involvement with the troubled Marc Forster helmed World War Z. It was reported earlier this month that Damon Lindelof (Prometheus) had been brought in to sort out the ending before the film headed back for reshoots, with later reports then indicating that he had passed these responsibilities on to Goddard due to other commitments. As you can see from his comments below, it sounds as if the reports of him rewriting the entire third act of the film were somewhat blown out of proportion.

"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. I feel bad for the sort of magnifying glass that that movie’s under because this is just a normal part of the process, this is just what happens. My involvement was just watch the movie, give some ideas, write some scenes that might help, ADR, just sort of fill in stuff, which is what I did."


As for his what he thinks about World War Z, he didn't want to give too much away at this point, but did have the following to say about what he was lucky enough to see while working on the project.

"Out of respect for the filmmakers, I don't want to say too much about World War Z, just because I owe it to them to let it come out as the they want. What I will say is that some of the stuff I saw was mind-blowing."


As you may already know, Goddard worked with Marvel's The Avengers writer and director Joss Whedon on The Cabin in the Woods screenplay, and was quick to point out just how incredible the superhero ensemble was a few months before its release (and he wasn't wrong). As for whether or not he's actually interested in being involved with a big screen comic book adaptation, it turns out that he's made his love of 20th Century Fox's stable of Marvel's characters to studio head Tim Rothman, and that there is someone in particular that he's a big fan of.

"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. They have most of the stuff that was on my walls as a kid. These conversations always happen, but until anything's official, who knows? I definitely put it out there that I love all of these characters. I haven't really thought about it too much in terms of how to make a movie. Like everyone else, I love 'Born Again'. That was just seminal work for me, but everything that Frank Miller did on Daredevil is like the Bible to me."


Has he spoken to Fox about potentially writing and directing Daredevil? Perhaps, although don't get too excited as the studio are under pressure to get production moving by this Fall (otherwise they risk losing the rights to Marvel Studios) and Goddard says he is currently working on something else altogether. Read the full interview by clicking on the link below, share your thoughts in the usual place.

Source: Collider
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YOUNGBL00D - 7/29/2012, 5:15 PM
I wanna see somthing
SageMode - 7/29/2012, 5:31 PM
I don't wanna see another DD movie until the rights go to Marvel Studios.

I surely wouldn't have a problem with Goddard helming the project.
NerdyGeek - 7/29/2012, 5:42 PM
shit movie. bring on the reboot
Reasonnnn - 7/29/2012, 5:48 PM
Goddard, hope the rights revert back to Marvel first!
maxxgone - 7/29/2012, 6:36 PM
i feel a daredevil end-credits scene would be the biggest of all. here's to hoping marvel gets the rights back.
TheTruther - 7/29/2012, 7:13 PM
When are we going to see a decent to brilliant DD movie?
DrLecter - 7/29/2012, 7:58 PM
DD rules.
P862010 - 7/29/2012, 8:47 PM
marvel should not get DD back they would make it too family friendly like all marvel films

you actually think marvel now with disney would do a dark DD lol
BAIKINMAN - 7/29/2012, 10:00 PM
To fix the third act of World War-Z is to make it just like the Novel, and add the Zombie survival guide to it.
"Your welcome"..
ImnotDaredevil - 7/29/2012, 10:45 PM
@Juggernaut, what he said. Knows it;)
FoxForce5 - 7/29/2012, 11:55 PM
Would love to see a DD film by Goddard if, and only if, Marvel gets the rights back... till then, I hope the property sits on the shelf.

@BattlinMurdock:
:-D
P862010 - 7/30/2012, 3:05 AM
marvel does make films into gold

iron man 2 is horrible
incredible hulk is average

hell fox's x men first class was superior to thor and cap
P862010 - 7/30/2012, 3:06 AM
*does'nt
prettynuclear2 - 7/30/2012, 4:29 AM
first dd was better than first avenger
dellamorte1872 - 7/30/2012, 5:04 AM



DD + GHOST RIDER orchestrated properly under MARVEL would be very adult/max like. in tone with the DK essentially very well. same with PUNISHER or MOON KNIGHT alot of their MARVEL KNIGHTS imprints should be bandied together like the AVENGERS were but have them be seperate from main-stream MARVEL films they could keep the tones without having to appeal to family demographics

dellamorte1872 - 7/30/2012, 5:08 AM
just dont incorporate the INHUMANS or BP lol
dellamorte1872 - 7/30/2012, 5:10 AM
im still one of the old school fans in the sense that SPIDEY + DD (AS WELL AS WOLERINE)should NEVER have been made AVENGERS
dellamorte1872 - 7/30/2012, 5:11 AM
counterintuitive to the source material they've had for decades
dellamorte1872 - 7/30/2012, 5:13 AM
funny thing is I LOVE ALL 3 CHARACTERS VERY MUCH they just dont belong there. SENTRY i loathe but him? i can at least GET behind his brief inclusion. AVENGERS does that every 10 yrs or so brings in a "newbie" almost outta left field. although now in the modern age he can come from an ELSEWORLDS popular tale like DAKEN lol
dellamorte1872 - 7/30/2012, 5:16 AM
MK was the one that i would STRECH to allow but that was it! and its a pretty BIG stretch at that! not these 3 i previously mentioned above though.
dellamorte1872 - 7/30/2012, 5:20 AM
MK fools them all and doesnt appear crazy b/c he allows lil to be known about him. thats the only way you can argue him. DD, SPIDEY + WOLVIE are even tougher sells and bigger stretches of disbelief
dellamorte1872 - 7/30/2012, 5:21 AM
MK is the "con artist" more so than say ANTMAN III ERIC O'GRADY
dellamorte1872 - 7/30/2012, 5:21 AM
in AVENGERS lore ^
dellamorte1872 - 7/30/2012, 5:37 AM
certain ones i cant argue BENDIS being about and including in HIS "AVENGERS ROSTERS" SIPDER-WOMAN, LUKE CAGE, IRON FIST, THE THING, DR. STRANGE these additions made total sense in a way and deserved inclusion. MOCKINGBIRD is the only one i hate and feel shoulda stayed dead and gone but since GREEN ARROW + BLACK CANARY are such fan favs over at DC i'm sure this was a company mandate. try to find a way to bring her back to C.B


dellamorte1872 - 7/30/2012, 5:41 AM
i will say also as a fan it woulda made sense and been more thematically organic for BENDIS to leave the AVENGERS after THE SEIGE it was a close off to his chapter in AVENGERS mythos they've waited waaaaay too long for fresh blood on the titles
dellamorte1872 - 7/30/2012, 5:42 AM
at that point he was on AVENGERS for 5 years plus. they shoulda pulled the rip-cord on him then!
EarOne - 7/30/2012, 3:59 PM
i'd rather see a Heroes for Hire, or a Luke Cage movie than another Daredevil movie.
ricko8687 - 8/4/2012, 9:25 PM
Daredevil was always my favorite as a kid growing up in the 60s , Genial Gene Colans run on DD was the best example of dark hero at that time and his illustrations were absolutely the best in the industry. I do agree whoever takes the reigns should go darker . Nuff Said

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