Following Edgar Wright's departure from the Ant-Man movie earlier this week, another acclaimed director has ditched an upcoming Marvel project.
It has been confirmed by Marvel that Drew Goddard of The Cabin In The Woods fame has left the Daredevil reboot which is being developed as a 13-episode series for Netflix.
The writer/director also known for writing the 2008 found footage sci-fi/horror Cloverfield had been attached to write, produce and showrun the project since November last year.
Since then though Goddard has also signed on to write and direct The Sinister Six. Though it hasn't been explicitly confirmed that the Sony Pictures/Marvel Entertainment project is the reason for his departure, it is highly likely.
It stands to reason that Goddard would opt for the Spider-Man spin-off over the Daredevil reboot. [The Amazing Spider-Man 2](movie:508593) has earned close to $700M so far this year proving that the web slinger is big money for Sony.
Though online-only shows like House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black have proved successful for Netflix, it's still seen as a more uncertain avenue to pursue since the offline format is still the norm.
THR reports that Buffy The Vampire Slayer writer Steven S. DeKnight will be taking over as showrunner for the project. Goddard will continue as an Executive Producer and a consultant after writing the first two episodes.
DeKnight is an interesting choice having worked with Marvel favourite Joss Whedon on prior to his Avengers success on Buffy. It is still unclear as to why Edgar Wright is no longer a part of [Ant-Man](movie:9048) but it is rumoured that major script rewrites are to blame.
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Season 1 of the Daredevil TV show will be out on Netflix sometime in 2015.