MGM’s dire financial troubles have already spelled doom or delay for several films: the next Bond movie was indefinitely postposed, The Hobbit is delayed to the point where Guillermo del Toro walked as director, and the Red Dawn remake is shelved for the time being, because the studio doesn’t have enough money to release the film.

Now the horror movie Cabin in the Woods, written and produced by Joss Whedon and directed by Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard, looks like the latest casualty of the studio’s misfortune. Read More »


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Drew Goodard’s Cabin in the Woods is finally showing signs of progress to the outside world, with the casting announcement of two supporting roles. Richard Jenkins (above left) has signed, and Bradley Whitford (above right) is close to signing, for two associated roles as “white-collar co-workers with a mysterious connection to the cabin”. I love Jenkins in particular and hope that this is a good sized part for him.

The Cabin screenplay is by both Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, which pretty much guarantees a high level of invention, wit, relevance and quality craftsmanship; on the other hand, it also keeps Goddard in the shadow of Whedon, at least as far as press coverage goes, for another year or so. To try and push down on the other side of the scales just a little, I’m not going to mention the W word even one more time in this post. Promise.

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