Will Cabin in the Woods Be the Latest MGM Casualty?

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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Brian White‘s filmography is spattered with rather aggressive sounding titles from Stomp the Yard to the upcoming Fighting and 12 Rounds. Cooling things down a little are the relatively sedate sounding handles for his two next projects – Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself and Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods.

The Hollywood Reporter, in Hollywood reporting this news, say of Do Bad that White will play the love interest for Taraji P. Henson; and of Cabin that “almost nothing is known but its release date” and add that White’s character is called Truman. Now… I know a thing or two about Cabin, including plenty about this Truman fellow…

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Cabin in the Woods Casting Announcements

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Kristen Connolly (Revolutionary Road), Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek), Anna Hutchison (Underbelly), Fran Kranz (Dollhouse) and Jesse Williams (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2) have been cast in the Joss Whedon-scripted, Drew Goddard directed horror thriller Cabin in the Woods. They will join the previously announced cast of Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) and Bradley Whitford (Bottle Shock).

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Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have done their very best to keep the details of their upcoming “horror movie to end all horror movies” Cabin in the Woods as absolutely under wraps as they can, but there was always going to be some point when the cover would be pulled back and we’d get a good look at what they’re building. For me at least, that point came this evening.

Neither of the two things that most struck me is actually the essential premise of what Whedon and Goddard are brewing up here at all. Rather, I was taken aback how quickly the cat has fled the bag and also, very sadly, how uninspiring the basic idea is. After the break I’ll be truffling in some sort of basic spoiler stuff – so snout on cautiously.

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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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