Drew Goddard Talks His Work on WORLD WAR Z, CABIN THE WOODS, Love of DAREDEVIL and More; Reveals He’s Writing Next Movie

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One of my favorite movies of 2012 is director/co-writer Drew Goddard and producer/co-writer Joss Whedon‘s The Cabin in the Woods.  In fact, it’s also one of the best “horror” movies I’ve ever seen.  Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the film turns “horror” on its head, and I loved every second of it.  Make every effort to see this film!

Shortly after winning the Filmmakers Showcase Award at this year’s Saturn Awards, I was able to speak with Goddard backstage.  We talked about the success of Cabin in the Woods, whether it has led to a lot more meetings, his love of Daredevil (specifically Frank Miller‘s run), if he’s interested in writing a superhero property, and he reveals that he’s currently writing his next screenplay.  In addition, with Goddard supposedly re-writing the end of the Brad Pitt-fronted zombie pic World War Z, I asked how he got involved in the project and what exactly he’s been working on for the production.  Hit the jump for more.

Drew Goddard Talks THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, the CLOVERFIELD Sequel, ALIAS, BUFFY, LOST, Spielberg’s ROBOPOCALYPSE, THE AVENGERS and More

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As I’ve said again and again,  Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon‘s The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best “horror” movies I’ve ever seen, and it’s easily one of my favorite films this year.  While many of you might love the horror genre, I find it repetitive and stale.  It seems like the genre is stuck in neutral, and no one is making any progress forward.  But that all changed after I saw Cabin in the Woods.  Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the film turns “horror” on its head, and I loved every second of it.  For more on the film, here’s Matt’s glowing review and interviews with Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford as well as Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams & Kristen Connolly.

Right before this year’s SXSW, I sat down with co-writer and director Drew Goddard for an extended video interview. Since we both didn’t want to spoil any of the twists and turns of the movie, our conversation is spoiler free.  During the wide ranging conversation we talked about making The Cabin in the Woods, the status of the Cloverfield sequel, Alias, Buffy, Angel, Lost, (he was a writer on all four series) Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse (which he’s writing), his reaction to seeing The Avengers, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams and Kristen Connolly Talk CABIN IN THE WOODS, Deleted Scenes, the Script, and More

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I want to make this very clear: Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best “horror” movies I’ve ever seen, and it’s easily one of my favorite films this year.  While many of you might love the horror genre, I find it repetitive and stale.  It seems like the genre is stuck in neutral, and no one is making any progress forward.  But that all changed after I saw Cabin in the Woods.  Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the film turns “horror” on its head, and I loved every second of it.  Trust me when I say: Stop watching the trailers.  Don’t watch any TV spots.  Do not read the reviews.  Just go see the film on opening day next week (and then read Matt’s glowing review).  I promise, it’s worth the price of admission, and after you see it, you’ll want to see it again.

At this year’s SXSW, I got to talk with the cast and filmmakers for both our partners at Omelete and Collider. Over the past few days I’ve posted my interviews with Richard Jenkins/Bradley Whitford and Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard.  Today I’ve got Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams & Kristen Connolly.   During the interview we talked about premiering the film at SXSW, working with Whedon and Goddard, deleted scenes, talking about the film without spoiling it, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Joss Whedon and Director Drew Goddard Talk CABIN IN THE WOODS, SXSW, Deleted Scenes, and More

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I want to make this very clear: Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best “horror” movies I’ve ever seen, and it’s easily one of my favorite films this year.  While many of you might love the horror genre, I find it repetitive and stale.  It seems like the genre is stuck in neutral, and no one is making any progress forward.  But that all changed after I saw Cabin in the Woods.  Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the film turns “horror” on its head, and I loved every second of it.  Trust me when I say: Stop watching the trailers.  Don’t watch any TV spots.  Do not read the reviews.  Just go see the film on opening day next week (and then read Matt’s glowing review).  I promise, it’s worth the price of admission, and after you see it, you’ll want to see it again.

At this year’s SXSW, I got to talk with the cast and filmmakers for both our partners at Omelete and Collider.  Over the next week, I’ll be posting a new interview each day.  Today’s is Joss Whedon and Director Drew Goddard.  During the interview we talked about premiering the film at SXSW, their writing process, deleted scenes, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins THE CABIN IN THE WOODS Interview

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I want to make this very clear: Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best “horror” movies I’ve ever seen, and it’s easily one of my favorite films this year.  While many of you might love the horror genre, I find it repetitive and stale.  It seems like the genre is stuck in neutral, and no one is making any progress forward.  But that all changed after I saw Cabin in the Woods.  Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the film turns “horror” on its head, and I loved every second of it.  Trust me when I say: Stop watching the trailers.  Don’t watch any TV spots.  Do not read the reviews.  Just go see the film on opening day next week (and then read Matt’s glowing review).  I promise, it’s worth the price of admission, and after you see it, you’ll want to see it again.

At this year’s SXSW, I got to talk with the cast and filmmakers for both our partners at Omelete and Collider.  Over the next week, I’ll be posting a new interview each day.  Today’s is  Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford.  During the interview we talked about premiering the film at SXSW, working with Whedon and Goddard, preparing for dancing on screen, and more. Hit the jump to watch.

Posters for AMERICAN REUNION, CABIN IN THE WOODS, LOCKOUT, SAFE, BEL-AMI and WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

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Six new posters for our Friday round-up. Here they are at a glance:

  • American Reunion – In this fourth installment in the American Pie franchise, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein and more meet up for their characters’ high school reunion.
  • Cabin in the Woods – Written by Joss Whedon and written/directed by David Goddard, this movie, starring Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, follows five friends camping at a remote cabin; bad things happen.
  • LockoutFrom Luc Besson, this sci-fi actioner follows Guy Pearce as he attempts to rescue Maggie Grace from an outer space, maximum security prison.
  • SafeJason Statham must rescue a young Chinese girl from Mafia thugs, coax a secret safe combination out of her and use it to outsmart the Russian mob, the Chinese Triad and corrupt NYC officials.
  • Bel AmiRobert Pattinson stars in this 1890s period piece in which he uses his powers of seduction to rise from rags to riches; also stars Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Colm Meaney.
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting – A look at five connected couples expecting a child and the twists of fate that life delivers each of them.  Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jennifer Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro and more star.

Hit the jump to view the posters and synopses.

New Images from CABIN IN THE WOODS

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Before Joss Whedon’s The Avengers hits theaters this summer, fans can get a look at his written effort in the horror/thriller, Cabin in the Woods. We’ve brought you some previous images as well as screened the entire movie for a select audience along with stars Kristen Connolly and Fran Kranz. Now, we’ve got a few new images for you to check out along with a trailer from Cabin in the Woods. The plot follows five friends who rent a cabin in the woods, but find more than they bargained for. Directed by Drew Goddard, Cabin in the Woods also stars Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford and opens April 13th. Hit the jump to check out the new images, along with the synopsis and trailer.

Boston Readers: Attend a Screening of THE CABIN IN THE WOODS Followed by Q&A with Stars Kristen Connolly and Fran Kranz

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One of the most buzzed about films of the year doesn’t open for a few weeks, but we here at Collider are thrilled to be hosting a free screening of The Cabin in the Woods well in advance of the film’s wide release.  In tandem with Lionsgate, we’ll be hosting the advanced screening of the horror film on Monday, March 26th in Boston.  Furthermore, stars Kristen Connolly and Fran Kranz will be onhand to participate in a Q&A following the screening.  Buzz for The Cabin in the Woods has been nuts since it screened at SXSW, with our own Matt Goldberg calling it “one of the sharpest satires of the horror genre ever made.”  Director Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon have apparently crafted a horror film unlike any other, as they take the genre and turn it on its head.

Hit the jump to find out how you can attend the screening.

TOP 5: JOHN CARTER, Topher Grace Edits STAR WARS Prequels, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, SILENT HOUSE, First Image from THE LONE RANGER

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I’ll use this week’s opening paragraph to offer a bit of foreshadowing. There’s a great chance that I’m going to be talking about 21 Jump Street here next week. Now, I’ll admit, I’ve never been one to laud the work of Channing Tatum. For the first time ever, though, I’m going into a film with high expectations for his performance. I think that everything I’ve seen of the film thus far looks terrific and Matt’s review and this NSFW extended trailer are just icing on the cake at this point.

On tap in this week’s “Top 5″ is a plethora of John Carter coverage including interviews with Taylor Kitsch, Andrew Stanton and more, a video blog recap of Topher Grace‘s Star Wars prequels edit, new images and a new trailer for The Cabin in the Woods, Silent House interviews with Elizabeth Olsen and co-directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, and the first image of Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger. Per usual, a brief recap and link to each await after the jump.

SXSW 2012: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS Review

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The Cabin in the Woods is one of the sharpest satires of the horror genre ever made.  Great satire can only come from intelligent, witty, and devious minds.  Director Drew Goddard and his co-writer Joss Whedon have those minds.  They have dissected not just the “cabin in the woods” sub-genre, but the entire horror genre, and most importantly, our enjoyment of it.  Rather than just point out the tired clichés we all know, Goddard and Whedon use the deconstruction as a starting point rather than a dull summation.   It is an exciting, exhilarating, and bloody means to a thoughtful, rewarding, and bloody end.

New Image from THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

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After being delayed for over two years, The Cabin in the Woods will finally hit theaters this April.  The movie is director Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon‘s spin on the “Cabin in the Woods” horror sub-genre, and as we saw from the trailer, it’s a spin we didn’t expect when we first heard about the project.  A new image has gone online, and it’s more of the “Cabin” side of the plot as opposed to the other side (which I’ll keep quiet on this time since people whined about spoilers when I mentioned what was in the trailer).

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchinson, Fran Kanz, Jesse Williams, Bradley Whitford, and Richard JenkinsThe Cabin in the Woods opens April 13th, but look for my review on March 9th after the movie premieres at SXSW.

South By Southwest 2012 Lineup Includes 21 JUMP STREET, CASA DE MI PADRE, THE RAID, and More

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The full lineup for South By Southwest 2012 has been announced and for those of you not attending the festival, prepare to seethe with jealousy. The Austin, Texas festival will host screenings of the Will Ferrell Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi Padre, festival favorite The Raid, Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America, and the world premiere of 21 Jump Street, which recently screened to press to overwhelmingly positive praise. Add these films to the previously announced festival opener Cabin in the Woods (from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard), and I’m sufficiently envious of those making the trek to Austin.

Other highlights from the full lineup include the documentary The Imposter, Killer Joe, The Hunter, Lena Dunham’s Girls, and Kevin Macdonald’s doc Marley. Hit the jump to see the full list, but keep in mind that the midnight selections have yet to be announced. Collider’s own Matt Goldberg will be covering all the shenanigans from the festival, so keep an eye out for our coverage on the site. South by Southwest 2012 takes place March 9 – 17.

First Image from Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

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After sitting on the shelf for two years due to MGM’s financial difficulties, director Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods finally found a distributor in Lionsgate this past April.  The first image from the film has finally gone online and shockingly it shows people in a cabin (cabin may or may not be in the woods).  Details on the plot have remained scarce since the project was first announced but Goddard and Whedon have indicated that the film will be their spin on the “Cabin in the Woods” horror sub-genre.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchinson, Fran Kanz, Jesse Williams, Bradley Whitford, and Richard Jenkins.  No release date has been announced but there are rumors Lionsgate could open it in the fall to replace the Saw franchise.

Lionsgate to Distribute Joss Whedon’s CABIN IN THE WOODS

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After years of lonely dwelling in the MGM vault, director/co-writer Drew Goddard (who penned Cloverfield) and co-scribe Joss Whedon’s (The Avengers) horror flick Cabin in the Woods may finally see the light of the silver screen. According to Deadline, Lionsgate is completing a deal that would give the studio distribution rights for the long-completed film. Although a release date is unknown, the report goes out on a huge limb and lists the month of October as being particularly attractive for the studio that will, for the first time since 2004, not be releasing an installment in the Saw franchise during the month. As a result, I’d like to go ahead and throw the tagline “If It’s Halloween, It Must Be Cabin in the Woods” into the mix.

While I’m not privy to the details of the deal, I have to believe Cabin in the Woods is a low-risk investment given that it’s a completed work from proven creative forces, it already enjoys near cult status amongst fanboys (as evidenced by these fan-made posters), and features relative starpower with the likes of Chris Hemsworth and Richard Jenkins. Finally, news of Lionsgate’s acquisition leaves the Red Dawn remake as the only remaining MGM holdover still without distribution. That film also stars Chris Hemsworth alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Adrianne Palicki, and Josh Peck.

Check Out Two Fan-Created Posters for Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s CABIN IN THE WOODS

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Horror fans and/or Joss Whedon fans alike are probably already aware of the scribe’s very-completed albeit yet-to-be-released horror flick, Cabin in the Woods. Starring Richard Jenkins, Chris Hemsworth (yeah, the “God of Thunder”), Jesse Williams, and Bradley Whitford, the film that Whedon co-wrote alongside director Drew Goddard (who penned Cloverfield) was originally set to be released by MGM in October of 2009 prior to being pushed back by the financially-strapped studio on several occasions (detailed in the slice above). At present, the finished film is currently kicking it in the studio vault, waiting for someone to pick up its distribution.

Unable to accept such wastefulness, a few ambitious fans have launched a campaign to help reignite interest in Cabin in the Woods. One of their first marketing tactics? Rephrasing the film’s earlier teaser posters in an attempt to stir the pot. Hit the jump to check out the posters and to find out how you can lend your support.

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