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Lionsgate wants a sequel to The Cabin in the Woods, says Drew Goddard

10.02.2015

After sitting on a shelf for several years due to MGM's financial difficulties, Drew Goddard's gleefully imaginative take on horror movie tropes was finally released in 2012 after being rescued by Lionsgate. THE CABIN IN THE WOODS didn't make any huge waves at the box office, but it did strike a chord with critics and horror fans alike and has since developed a large following. While speaking with Den of Geek during the press tour for THE MARTIAN, Drew Goddard revealed that Lionsgate has approached Joss Whedon and himself about a sequel.

The studio wants to do it. They’ve come to us. The funny part is, I don’t think we planned that movie to do a sequel, you know?

If you haven't watched THE CABIN IN THE WOODS yet, you might want to go do that because we're about to enter spoiler territory; I'll try to keep things vague. Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon always intended THE CABIN IN THE WOODS to be a one-shot, and as he mentioned above, a sequel was never really in the cards.

We did suggest that the ending of the first film doesn't exactly leave too many open ends, it doesn't. 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.

So while the studio may want a sequel, it sounds like whether or not it actually happens is being left up to the film's creators; imagine that. Drew Goddard mentioned that there aren't any concrete ideas for a sequel in place but "the way Joss and I work, we might wake up tomorrow and go, 'let's go do that,' or whatever." Despite the film's ending, there are definitely threads which could be picked up in a sequel, but whether or not the team would be able to top the first film and avoid treading the same ground feels like a tall order.

Is a sequel to THE CABIN IN THE WOODS something you'd like to see, or should the first film remain untouched?

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8:45AM on 10/05/2015
I love this film, but it's a nicely contained homage / parody of horror conventions and probably doesn't need a sequel.
Still, if they had a great idea, I'd be interested.
Surprised they haven't considered spinning it off to TV instead, though. If they could find some way to have a coherent cast encountering all the different horror themes, with the scientists controlling it all, I could see it working.
I love this film, but it's a nicely contained homage / parody of horror conventions and probably doesn't need a sequel.
Still, if they had a great idea, I'd be interested.
Surprised they haven't considered spinning it off to TV instead, though. If they could find some way to have a coherent cast encountering all the different horror themes, with the scientists controlling it all, I could see it working.
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7:50PM on 10/04/2015
Overrated movie that was not a game changer. I will never understand the praise for this film.
Overrated movie that was not a game changer. I will never understand the praise for this film.
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2:13PM on 10/03/2015
I suppose they could go the Escape from the Planet of the Apes route, or maybe a prequel. But that's completely missing the point of the original.
I suppose they could go the Escape from the Planet of the Apes route, or maybe a prequel. But that's completely missing the point of the original.
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10:40AM on 10/03/2015
Don't force this one! This is one of those cases where unless the people behind it become really inspired, they probably should leave well enough alone. I'm not sure I really want a sequel anyways because the first one is so awesome and says everything it needs to say. It feels complete, just like Terminator 2 felt like the end to a complete story, We all know what happened with that franchise though and endings have never stopped studios from green-lighting sequels.
Don't force this one! This is one of those cases where unless the people behind it become really inspired, they probably should leave well enough alone. I'm not sure I really want a sequel anyways because the first one is so awesome and says everything it needs to say. It feels complete, just like Terminator 2 felt like the end to a complete story, We all know what happened with that franchise though and endings have never stopped studios from green-lighting sequels.
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9:40AM on 10/03/2015
The Ancient Ones I figured were supposed to be the audience, demanding satisfaction of their horror movie tropes. Either way, not sure I'd want to see a sequel without Hadley and Sitterson.
The Ancient Ones I figured were supposed to be the audience, demanding satisfaction of their horror movie tropes. Either way, not sure I'd want to see a sequel without Hadley and Sitterson.
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8:58PM on 10/02/2015

I suppose.....

.....that they could try stopping "The Ancient Ones" by a last-minute sacrifice (or maybe turn it into a giant monster parody) so there are places for it to go. However, it's a longshot that they could make one as cool as the first, so unless they are sure, I hope they turn down the money. That is a really fun standalone film.
.....that they could try stopping "The Ancient Ones" by a last-minute sacrifice (or maybe turn it into a giant monster parody) so there are places for it to go. However, it's a longshot that they could make one as cool as the first, so unless they are sure, I hope they turn down the money. That is a really fun standalone film.
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8:05PM on 10/02/2015

PRODUCERS WANTS A SEQUEL TO SOMETHING

Run, bitch, run!
Run, bitch, run!
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5:34PM on 10/02/2015
I can see it now, the giant hand after wiping out everything hits a reset button and things start over again.
Damn, in the logic of the film that almost makes sense.
I can see it now, the giant hand after wiping out everything hits a reset button and things start over again.
Damn, in the logic of the film that almost makes sense.
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5:27PM on 10/02/2015

The answer is in the quotes.

The REAL reason to make a sequel is that the writer(s) has ideas to expand the story and its characters. If Drew and Josh didn't have the idea, there's no point. If Lionsgate wants another successful mix of parody and homage (of horror or not), there are plenty of filmmakers out there that can do it. Would it be as good as this movie? Maybe not, but take a chance. If you're happy with this well-reviewed movie despite not grossing a lot of money, you could be happy with another one. Also, it
The REAL reason to make a sequel is that the writer(s) has ideas to expand the story and its characters. If Drew and Josh didn't have the idea, there's no point. If Lionsgate wants another successful mix of parody and homage (of horror or not), there are plenty of filmmakers out there that can do it. Would it be as good as this movie? Maybe not, but take a chance. If you're happy with this well-reviewed movie despite not grossing a lot of money, you could be happy with another one. Also, it would have to be a prequel because of how this one ended.
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5:22PM on 10/02/2015
Cabin in the Woods was such a fun little film that I went into knowing nothing about. Definitely of the better surprises that exceeded my expectations as of recent.
Cabin in the Woods was such a fun little film that I went into knowing nothing about. Definitely of the better surprises that exceeded my expectations as of recent.
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