What should have been a breakout hit of 2010, Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods was released in 2012 to a modest box office take after sitting on a studio shelf thanks to MGM’s financial difficulties. Lionsgate stepped in to bring the film into theaters, and now Goddard has revealed that the studio is interested in pursuing a sequel. Better late than never.
The original film, co-written by Goddard and Joss Whedon, starred Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford; there’s been no mention of any returning cast members as of this writing. On the surface it appeared to be a conventional horror picture featuring a group of young adults having a raucous vacation in the woods before running afoul of some evildoers, but the meta commentary of The Cabin in the Woods ran much deeper … figuratively and literally. Horror movies are notorious for generating a string of sequels, so perhaps now it’s Cabin’s chance to do the same.
In an interview with Den of Geek during his press tour for The Martian – he adapted the script from Andy Weir’s novel – Goddard confirmed that Lionsgate not only wants the sequel, but approached him to do it:
“The funny part is, I don’t think we planned that movie to do a sequel, you know?” he said.
Those of you who’ve seen the movie know that, while its ending doesn’t exactly seal the vault on any future stories, The Cabin in the Woods was set up as a one-shot. Goddard addressed it:
“But that being said, the fun thing about Cabin is, the rules are pretty crazy. We get away with a lot of crazy stuff. So, I’m sure we could figure it out if we got inspired to. I know Joss and I both feel like we don’t want to tarnish what we did with the first one. With a sequel, we’d only do it if it made us laugh hard enough, I suppose.”
The events of The Cabin in the Woods may have taken place in one location, but the movie’s mythology references many other similar locales around the world. Perhaps a sequel could take place at a different setting but with a new twist to avoid the tropes horror sequels tend to fall victim to. As for now, Goddard and Whedon appear to be in more of a general idea stage than having anything concrete on paper:
“Yeah, we don’t know. There’s nothing in the hopper right now, but who knows? The way Joss and I work, we might wake up tomorrow and go, ‘let’s go do that,’ or whatever.”
Are you excited for a potential return to the world of The Cabin in the Woods? Be sure to let us know in the comments! And for those of you who are unfamiliar with The Cabin in the Woods, check out the 2012 film’s trailer below:
Here’s the original film’s synopsis:
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen.
If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.