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"I’m sort of appropriately naive, because if I knew how hard these things would be [to film], I sometimes probably wouldn’t do them, you know? But Ridley, I mean… I watch the movie, and I forget that we didn’t actually shoot it on Mars. When we’d watch early cuts, occasionally the camera would pan over and catch a bush they hadn’t painted out yet and I’d go, ‘Wait a minute, that’s not Mars?’ Even my brain just couldn’t figure it out, because boy, Ridley’s good at that."
Drew Goddard was the screenwriter of The Martian for Sir Ridley Scott to direct. In the past Goddard had scripted episodes of Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngel, Marvel's Daredevil, Alias and Lost, as well as the feature films World War Z, Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cabin in the Woods, which he directed.

Goddard and Weir

Author, Andy Weir and Screenwriter, Drew Goddard.

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.

He started his career in the 2000s with Buffy the Vampire Slayer (witch won a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation) and Angel.

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"

Angel

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

Alias

  • "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)

Lost

  • 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 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")

Movies Written

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 With Damon Lindelof and Mandatthew Michael Carnahan and 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 Spiritual successor to Cloverfield

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