Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time!
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Cover
Does Star Wars Have A Brain Trust?
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Edgar Wright Heads For Grasshopper Jungle
He's attached to the YA adaptation
Joaquin Phoenix In Early Talks For Doctor Strange
He could be the Sorcerer Supreme
Comic-Con: Jonathan Pryce & More Join Game Of Thrones
Alexander Siddig, Keisha Castle-Hughes and more set for Season 5
Patrick Wilson Departs Ant-Man
Matt Gerard and Kevin Weisman are also leaving the film
Comic-Con: Maze Runner Sequel In Development
The Scorch Trials should be on the way
Comic-Con: Sam Raimi Is Writing An Evil Dead TV Show
Along with Ivan Raimi and Bruce Campbell
Comic-Con: The Walking Dead Unleashes First Season Five Tease
'We don't know what's coming next...'
Comic-Con: Sam Raimi Talks The Last Of Us Movie
And reveals Maisie Williams in talks
Comic-Con: New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Image
Black Widow finds a LiveWire
Working Title Acquires Enid Blyton's The Famous Five
Five on the development trail
See The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Concept Art Posters
Updated! Now with Quicksilver, Black Widow, The Vision & more
Gallery: Toys, Models And Stalls From The 2014 Comic-Con Floor
Check out the sights and stalls of 2014's San Diego convention
Raccoon Rule At Guardians Of The Galaxy’s London Premiere
It’s a marvellous night for a racoon dance
New Clip From Football Animation The Unbeatables
Fuss in boots
Comic-Con: New Image Of Ben Affleck As Batman Revealed
Check out the Batdimples on Bruce
Comic-Con: Christopher Nolan Unveils Interstellar
Director’s surprise appearance heralds new information
Hammer Opens The Winchester Mystery House
Spierig brothers prepare for a haunting
Comic-Con: First Poster For Leprechaun Prequel
Leprechaun: Origins goes back to the old country
Podcast #121: Brett Ratner, Jason Blum
What are your 'dating dealbreaker' movies?
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
YESTERDAY
Comic-Con: New Avengers: Age Of Ultron Image
Black Widow finds a LiveWire
See The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Concept Art Posters
Updated! Now with Quicksilver, Black Widow, The Vision & more
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Avengers: Age Of Ultron
24 April 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Much Ado About Nothing (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Avengers Assemble (2012)
Empire Star Rating
The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Cloverfield (2008)
Empire Star Rating
Serenity
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Joss Whedon Enters Cabin In The Woods
Horror co-written with Drew Goddard

08 July 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: MTV

submit to reddit

It’s been three years since Joss Whedon sent half the Empire staff – and a great deal of our readers – into a frenzy with his sci-fi Western, Serenity. And since then, we’ve been waiting patiently for him to make another movie.

And we’ve waited. And waited. And waited as, for example, Wonder Woman got stuck in development hell. But, while Whedon has been showcasing his wondrous dialogue and razor-honed twists in comic books, not to mention prepping his new TV show, Dollhouse, there was always the possibility that his dark thriller, Goners, would make it to the big screen.

Well, that seems to have had the kibosh put on it as well. But in its place comes Cabin In The Woods, a brand-new, bright and shiny Whedon movie that sounds, to us, anyway, simply aces. First off, we love movies about cabins in the woods (hello, Evil Dead II). Secondly, it reunites Whedon with Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard, who started out under Whedon's wing on Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

“There’s a reason the title is so straightforward,” Goddard, who co-wrote the script with Whedon, told MTV. “It’s its own sub-genre, the cabin in the woods, and this is sort of our take on it. It’s fresh and new.”

At the moment, it looks likely that Goddard might be the one to direct this, not Whedon. But that didn’t stop Goddard from waxing lyrical about what the creator of Buffy and Angel would bring to the table.

“It’s genius, it’s funny,” Goddard said. “It’s got a harder and darker edge, but it’s also got classic Whedon qualities. It’ll rip your heart out and be heartfelt at the same time.”

Sounds good to us. And, as for Goners, a dark horror fantasy about a young woman acquiring fantastic powers (familiar territory, of course), Whedon revealed that it “had been backburnered… I still have hope for it, though.”

What do you think, readers? Goddard proved with Cloverfield that he’s good at turning existing genre tropes on their head, so reteaming with Whedon to breathe new life into a sub-sub-genre that has become stale of late, would seem to be pretty exciting. Of course, given Whedon’s luck with movies, we’ll never see it, but are you looking forward to this?

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Three Directors For Ripper Trilogy
Jarrold, Marsh & Anand go to Yorkshire
New Image From Wolverine
Snikt!

Your Comments

RE: I'm on board
L: waltham1979 count me in - better have Mr Fillion in it though !! Although I am still praying for a Serentiy sequel !! sequel??? Nah :P imo the series was much better than the movie. It was great to have the story/characters in a different format, but I think it works better as a series. If they did it my way, they'd finish off the first season (just to clarify everything that happened between the series and the film - was it just me, or was the graphic novel "Those Left Behind" n More

Posted by geekpenguin at 16:32 on 09 July 2008 | Report This Post

DR HORRIBLE
Seriously, why don't you mention Dr. Horrible's Sing Along, Chris? You didn't miss that did you? As a true Whedon fan? It's even got Nathan Fillion in it! More

Posted by Bluehawk at 17:09 on 08 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Steady Joss Fan...
L: The Voice of Fate I'm torn. I love all things Whedon - but I suffer from motion sickness. This means that shaky hand held camera adds all the realism of being stuck in the back of a coach tour round the Pennines with the WI and makes me physically sick. So - all power to Whedon, but if the director can't afford a stand for the camera, then I just can't sit through it - even on DVD.or="#006600"]What are you talking about, neither Whedon or Goddard have directed anything with load More

Posted by Dave B at 17:05 on 08 July 2008 | Report This Post

Joss is at the wheel..
Always a fan of a Joss movie and i cannot wait to see what he comes up with next. He has a sereal way of making fantasy that just works. More

Posted by mattyboy250 at 14:43 on 08 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I'm on board
L: waltham1979 count me in - better have Mr Fillion in it though !! Although I am still praying for a Serentiy sequel !! sp; I hear you!   I do hope though that he doesn't go along with too much cheese. Only in small portions please. More

Posted by mejaars at 13:11 on 08 July 2008 | Report This Post

I'm on board
count me in - better have Mr Fillion in it though !! Although I am still praying for a Serentiy sequel !! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:06 on 08 July 2008 | Report This Post

Steady Joss Fan...
I'm torn. I love all things Whedon - but I suffer from motion sickness. This means that shaky hand held camera adds all the realism of being stuck in the back of a coach tour round the Pennines with the WI and makes me physically sick. So - all power to Whedon, but if the director can't afford a stand for the camera, then I just can't sit through it - even on DVD. More

Posted by The Voice of Fate at 09:00 on 08 July 2008 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Review
Our official verdict on Marvel's latest addition to their cinematic universe

Frank Grillo's Ten Toughest Hollywood Tough Guys
The Purge: Anarchy star picks his favourite badasses

Role By Role With Joel McHale
The star of The Soup and Community on Spider-Man 2 and much more

'I Have The Club But I Didn't Get The Lion's Head'
Dwayne Johnson (and pals) talks Hercules props, action and ancient superheroes

Classic Feature: The Making Of The Silence Of The Lambs
Is this the most frightening movie ever made?

Classic Feature: Jack Nicholson - Gods Among Us
Charisma, consistency and cunning summed up in a single word: Jack.

Peter Fonda On Peter Fonda
The Hollywood legend relives his career highlights

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)