Drew Goddard to direct, co-write thriller
producer on “Lost” and most recently wrote the screenplay for “Cloverfield.” He and Whedon first teamed on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which Whedon created, and also worked together on the “Buffy” spinoff “Angel.” Goddard also worked on “Alias” as a writer and co-producer. Whedon’s feature credits include “Speed” and “Toy Story.” His next TV project, “Dollhouse,” will launch on Fox in 2009. MGM has been aggressively acquiring properties since Parent was tapped in March as part of MGM chief Harry Sloan’s plan to build a homegrown slate. Key properties include “The Zookeeper,” a comedy spec from the team of Jay Scherick and David Ronn and attached Walt Becker (“Wild Hogs”) to direct and produce; and Robert Ludlum’s “The Matarese Circle,” with Relativity on board to co-finance and Denzel Washington starring.