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

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

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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?

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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

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