The first announcement from the Disney-owned 20th Century Fox has arrived.
The entertainment giant announced today that Drew Goddard is returning to Disney and its newly acquired 20th Century Fox TV studio. The Daredevil and Lost exec producer has signed what sources describe as a four-year, eight-figure deal with the company.
Under the agreement, Goddard will pen, create, direct and develop new projects for the studio for all platforms. The news comes as Disney finalized its $71.3 deal to purchase several assets from 21st Century Fox.
“We have wanted to be in business with Drew since the day his work on our series Angel was over. That was in 2004,” said new Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment chairman Dana Walden. “Having a new deal with him after all this time makes me unspeakably happy. As a writer and director, he’s a 10; as a collaborator and magnet for other incredible writers, directors and actors, he is off the charts. Our goal is to support Drew as he builds his own spectacular production company inside of the Disney Television Studios.”
Goddard was instrumental in kick starting Marvel’s Netflix side of its MCU, co-creating the hit series Daredevil. He then handed over showrunning duties to Steven S. DeKnight, before returning to write a couple of episodes of Marvel’s The Defenders. He would transition over to Sony, where he signed on to direct the Sinister Six spin-off, a project that still apparently remains in development according to THR.
Funny enough, when the Sinister Six project stalled, Goddard moved to 20th Century Fox, where he was tapped to write and direct the Ryan Reynolds-fronted X-Force.
“I am thrilled to be working so closely with Dana and her team,” Goddard said. “My relationship with Dana stretches back to the beginning when I first started at Buffy. Since then, I have had the privilege of working with Disney and Fox for the majority of my career in television, and I look forward to continuing those relationships over the next few years.”
More recently, Goddard has been focused on film with credits that include Bad Times at the El Royale, the Cloverfield franchise, The Martian and World War Z.