Drew Goddard

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Drew Goddard
Drew Goddard at Cabin in the Woods Screening.png
Goddard in 2012 at a The Cabin in the Woods screening
Born Andrew Brion Hogan Goddard
(1975-02-26) February 26, 1975 (age 40)
Houston, Texas, U.S.[1][2]
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, Producer
Notable awards Writers Guild of America Award
2006 Lost

Andrew Brion Hogan Goddard (born February 26, 1975), better known as Drew Goddard, is an American film and television screenwriter, director, and producer. He made his feature film directorial debut with the 2012 dark comedy horror-thriller The Cabin in the Woods. In 2015, he penned the film adaption of Andy Weir's book The Martian, for which he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Life and career[edit]

Goddard was born in Houston, Texas and was raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the son of Colleen Mary (Hogan), a teacher, and Dr. Laurence Woodbury Goddard.[2][3][4][5] Goddard started his career as a staff writer for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, receiving a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation for the former. In 2005, he joined J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot team, where he wrote for both Alias and Lost, winning—along with the Lost writing staff—the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for Best Dramatic Series.[6] In 2006, during its third season, Goddard became the co-executive producer of Lost.

Goddard wrote his first feature in 2008, Cloverfield, directed by Matt Reeves and produced by J.J. Abrams. Cloverfield made $168 million on a $25 million budget. Empire named it the fifth best film of 2008, and the film then went on to win the year's Saturn Award for "Best Science Fiction Film".

Next came Goddard's directorial debut, The Cabin in the Woods, which he co-wrote with Joss Whedon. The Cabin in the Woods was featured on Metacritic's best films of 2012 list, in addition to earning a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film would eventually go on to win the year's Saturn Award for "Best Horror or Thriller Film", as well as garnering Goddard Saturn's "Filmmaker Showcase Award".

In 2013, Goddard—in addition to Matthew Michael Carnahan and Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof—wrote the screenplay for the film World War Z starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster. The film has grossed $540 million on a $190 million budget. As a result, in June 2013, Paramount announced that it was moving ahead with a sequel.

Goddard wrote the film adaptation of Andy Weir's debut novel The Martian, initially with a view to directing it himself for 20th Century Fox, but was forced to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts.[7] The film was instead directed by Ridley Scott, and Goddard received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay for The Martian.

In December 2013, Marvel officially announced that Goddard will be the executive producer and showrunner for a Daredevil TV series that will be produced by Marvel Television and broadcast on Netflix in 2015,[8] while Sony Pictures also announced that Goddard will write and direct a Sinister Six film.[9][10] In May 2014, Goddard withdrew from showrunning duties on the Daredevil TV series.[11] In February 2015, after the deal between Marvel and Sony to share the rights to Spider-Man was announced, it was reported that Goddard was in talks with Sony to helm the new Spider-Man reboot film set for release on July 28, 2017. In May 2015, Goddard published an e-book novelization of the Daredevil TV series entitled "Daredevil - The Man Without Fear".

Episodes written[edit]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer[edit]




Marvel's Daredevil[edit]



Year Title Director Writer
2008 Cloverfield No Yes
2012 The Cabin in the Woods Yes Yes
2013 World War Z No Yes
2015 The Martian No Yes


Year Title Director Writer Notes
2015 Daredevil No Yes Executive producer

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Preceded by
Joss Whedon
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight writer
Succeeded by
Jane Espenson