Drew Goddard had a good 2015. “Daredevil,” which he adapted for Netflix and wrote several episodes of, was a smash hit for the streaming service and pleased both critics and fans alike. And “The Martian,” which he adapted from Andy Weir’s novel, was similarly successful, doing great box office business and winding up on a handful of end of the year best-of lists. This has been the same story for much of his career. After writing for a string of successful TV shows in the early aughts, he broke out with two original films: “Cloverfield” and “The Cabin In The Woods,” which also marked his directorial debut. He followed those up with “World War Z” (not as big a critical hit), “Daredevil,” and “The Martian.”
Late last month, Goddard sat down for “The Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith” to talk about “The Martian,” cliffhangers, his career, movie villains, and ‘Cabin In The Woods.’ Goddard covers his long road to breaking into the writers room, which included showing up on the set of John Carpenter’s “Vampires” until they gave him a PA job on the CBS set next door; his favorite piece of “The Martian” script, which was the history of a piece of canvas; the importance of structure; Steven Spielberg’s positivity; and the difference between villains and “bad guy plans” (in short: bad guy plans are horrible, villains are great, and The Joker and his desire for chaos is ideal).
There are so many times when projects don’t go at a certain release date but find a better home later. It’s all about timing. You never want a movie to get made when it’s the wrong time, and these things have a way of working themselves out… I try to only take projects that I love and that I’m in love with. When you’re in love with it, you don’t really care because you get to write them. I got to work with Steven Spielberg for a year. That’s a dream of mine! [Laughs] It was just a joy to see him in action and learn from him. You’re never going to hear me complain about working with Steven Spielberg.
So, while it isn’t much, it does hint that “Robopocalypse” is still out there in the ether somewhere (fingers crossed).
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