Marvel and Netflix have set Steven S. DeKnight as the showrunner of their upcoming 13 episode drama series Daredevil.
DeKnight, repped by CAA, is best known for his time as showrunner on the Starz series Sparatcus, which Syfy just acquired the basic cable rights to. His other credits include Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Dollhouse. More recently Steven S. DeKnight has been developing new projects for Starz including sci-fi drama Incursion.
He replaces Word War Z scribe Drew Goddard, who was originally set as the showrunner. Goddard, who wrote the first two episodes of Daredevil, was forced to step down to focus on The Amazing Spider Man spin-off Sinister Six, which he is writing and directing for Sony. Goddard will, however, still be attached to Daredevil as he continues to serve as executive producer on the project.
Daredevil is part of a bumper deal with Netflix which calls for Marvel (in association with ABC Studios) to produce four drama series and one mini connecting the four, all of which will be shot on location in New York City. In addition to Daredevil, those series are Jessica Knight, Luke Cage and Iron Fist; while the mini-series connecting all four will be known as The Defenders. Daredevil is set to premiere on Netflix in 2015.