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Drew Goddard
Writer, director

Drew Goddard

Drew Goddard
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Intro Writer, director
A.K.A. Andrew Brion Hogan Goddard
Is Film director Screenwriter Writer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 26 February 1975, Los Alamos, Los Alamos County, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Age 48 years
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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

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.



Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

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

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. 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

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

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. Sony Pictures also announced that Goddard would write and direct a film based on the Sinister Six, though the project was eventually cancelled. In May 2014, Goddard withdrew from showrunning duties on the Daredevil TV series. 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

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

Episodes written

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • "Selfless"
  • "Conversations with Dead People" (with Jane Espenson; Joss Whedon and Marti Noxon uncredited)
  • "Never Leave Me"
  • "Lies My Parents Told Me" (with David Fury)
  • "Dirty Girls"


  • "Lineage"
  • "Damage" (with Steven S. DeKnight)
  • "Why We Fight" (with DeKnight)
  • "Origin"
  • "The Girl in Question" (with DeKnight)


  • "Welcome to Liberty Village" – January 26, 2005
  • "Tuesday" – March 30, 2005
  • "Mockingbird" – October 20, 2005
  • "There's Only One Sydney Bristow" – April 26, 2006 (100th episode)
  • "All the Time in the World" – May 22, 2006 (with Jeff Pinkner) (series finale)


  • 1.16 – "Outlaws" – February 16, 2005
  • 3.02 – "The Glass Ballerina" – October 11, 2006 (with Jeff Pinkner)
  • 3.08 – "Flashes Before Your Eyes" – February 14, 2007 (with Damon Lindelof)
  • 3.13 – "The Man from Tallahassee" – March 21, 2007 (with Pinkner)
  • 3.16 – "One of Us" – April 11, 2007 (with Carlton Cuse)
  • 3.20 – "The Man Behind the Curtain" – May 9, 2007 (with Elizabeth Sarnoff)
  • 4.02 – "Confirmed Dead" – February 7, 2008 (with Brian K. Vaughan)
  • 4.06 – "The Other Woman" – March 6, 2008 (with Christina M. Kim)
  • 4.09 – "The Shape of Things to Come" – April 24, 2008 (with Vaughan)

Marvel's Daredevil

  • 1.01 – "Into the Ring" – April 10, 2015
  • 1.02 – "Cut Man" – April 10, 2015



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
TBA Untitled Deadpool sequel Yes No No Story by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick;
Screenplay co-written with Ryan Reynolds
Bad Times At The El Royale Yes Yes Yes


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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