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 41)
Houston, Texas, United States[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. After writing the successful cult film Cloverfield and multiple episodes of TV shows such as Lost, he made his feature film directorial debut with the 2012 horror dark comedy The Cabin in the Woods. In 2015, he penned the film adaptation of Andy Weir's book The Martian, for which he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Early life[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]



Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel[edit]

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.

Alias and Lost[edit]

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.[5] 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".


The Cabin in the Woods[edit]

Goddard's directorial debut, The Cabin in the Woods, was co-written 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".

World War Z[edit]

In 2013, Goddard—in addition to J. Michael Straczynski, 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 grossed $540 million on a $190 million budget. As a result, in June 2013, Paramount announced that it was moving ahead with a sequel.


In December 2013, Marvel officially announced that Goddard would be the executive producer and showrunner for the Daredevil TV series produced by Marvel Television and broadcast on Netflix in 2015.[6] Sony Pictures also announced that Goddard would write and direct a film based on the Sinister Six, though the project was eventually cancelled.[7][8] In May 2014, Goddard withdrew from showrunning duties on the Daredevil TV series.[9] 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, although it was later announced that Jon Watts would be director for the film set for release on July 28, 2017.

The Martian[edit]

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.[10] The film was instead directed by Ridley Scott, and Goddard received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay for The Martian.

Episodes written[edit]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer[edit]




Marvel's Daredevil[edit]



Year Title Credited as Notes
Writer Director Executive producer
2008 Cloverfield Yes No No
2012 The Cabin in the Woods Yes Yes No Co-written with Joss Whedon
2013 World War Z Yes No No With Damon Lindelof and Mandatthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski, based on the novel by Max Brooks
2015 The Martian Yes No Yes Based on the novel by Andy Weir
2016 10 Cloverfield Lane No No Yes Spiritual successor to Cloverfield


Year Title Credited as Notes
Writer Director Producer Executive producer
2002–2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Yes Writer (5 episodes)
2003–2004 Angel Yes Writer (5 episodes), executive story editor
2005–2006 Alias Yes Yes Writer (5 episodes), co-producer, producer
2005–2008 Lost Yes Yes Writer (9 episodes), supervising producer, co-executive producer
2015–present Daredevil Yes Yes Creator; writer (2 episodes)
2016–present The Good Place Yes Yes Director (1 episode: "Chapter 1: Everything Is Fine")


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