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 42)
Houston, Texas, United States[1][2]
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, producer
Notable awards Writers Guild of America Award
2006 Lost

Andrew Brion Hogan "Drew" Goddard (born February 26, 1975) 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 7, 2017.

The Martian[edit]

Goddard wrote the film adaptation of Andy Weir's debut novel The Martian, initially planning to direct it himself for 20th Century Fox. He later left the project when offered a chance to direct Sinister Six, a now-canceled comic book adaptation based on a team of supervillains.[10][11] The Martian was instead directed by Ridley Scott, and Goddard received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay.

Episodes written[edit]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer[edit]




Marvel's Daredevil[edit]

Marvel's The Defenders[edit]

  • 1.06 – "Ashes, Ashes" – August 18, 2017



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 Co-written with Damon Lindelof, Mandatthew Michael Carnahan, & 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 Second installment in Cloverfield franchise
2018 Deadpool 2 Yes No No Story by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick;
Screenplay co-written with Ryan Reynolds
TBA Bad Times At The El Royale[12] Yes Yes Yes
TBA X-Force [13] Yes Yes No


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")
2017–present The Defenders Yes Yes Writer (1 episode)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Person Details for Andrew Brion Hogan Goddard, "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997" — FamilySearch.org". 
  2. ^ a b "The Goddard book". 
  3. ^ "LAHS Graduate Makes Good in Hollywood: Catch his Film Tonight at the Reel Deal". Los Alamos Daily Post. 2012-04-12. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  4. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/73008859/
  5. ^ "Winners Announced for 2006 Writers Guild Awards". Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  6. ^ "Drew Goddard Joins Daredevil on Netflix". Marvel. December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ Dominic Patten. "Sony Sets Spider-Man Spinoffs ‘Venom,’ ‘Sinister Six’ With New "Franchise Brain Trust"". Deadline. 
  8. ^ "Spider-Man Spinoff 'Sinister Six' Names Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 24, 2014). "Marvel's Netflix Drama 'Daredevil' Taps New Showrunner (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ Tilly, Chris (June 17, 2015). "Matt Damon Explains Why The Martian is a Love Letter to Science". IGN. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  11. ^ Jeff Sneider (April 9, 2014). "Drew Goddard Exits ‘The Martian'; Matt Damon Eyed to Star (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved April 12, 2015. 
  12. ^ Busch, Anita (8 March 2017). "Fox Buys ‘Bad Times At The El Royale’ From Drew Goddard Who Will Also Direct". Deadline. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  13. ^ Fleming, Mike (8 September 2017). "Drew Goddard To Direct, Write ‘X-Force’ With Deadpool Leading Black Ops Force At Fox". Deadline. Retrieved 8 September 2017. 

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