For every Sinister, Insidious, and Paranormal Activity that gets released, there are very few horror movies that manage to intentionally straddle the line of comedy and terror. One of the most popular ones in recent memory is Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods. The film grossed over $66 million worldwide and took the number three spot opening weekend, all on a budget of just $30 million. Critic reviews were also positive, with many praising the movie’s ability to combine funny and scary.
Goddard and Joss Whedon wrote the script for Cabin in the Woods over three days, as a satire of torture porn often found in horror movies. Its mission successful, no one ever really thought there’d be a sequel, especially with Whedon busy helping shepherd the Marvel Cinematic Universe into billion-dollar box office territory. But now, with Whedon ‘unemployed’ and Goddard more popular than ever – after World War Z, Daredevil, and The Martian – the idea of Cabin in the Woods 2 has come up again.
Sitting down with CinemaBlend at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Goddard admitted that his opinion on the matter of a sequel is complicated:
“They want to make one. I think Joss… we talked about it. I think we just don’t want to, we don’t want to f*** it up.
I mean, I think, I’ve always felt this way. Not everything needs to be a franchise. You know, like we only want to make it if we’re excited about it. I don’t care, I don’t think we need to do it. It’s more about, is there something that excites us? You know, that universe is pretty exciting, so we talk about it from time to time. I don’t know.
If I had to put odds, the tricky part with Joss and I, especially, is it all depends on how we wake up in the morning. If we wake up… I can easily see us over drinks tomorrow going like, ‘Hey, what if we did this?’ But I can also see us being like, ‘The movie is pretty good. We don’t need to revisit it.”
Unlike Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog 2 (one of Whedon’s other highly anticipated sequels), which is just waiting for the right time to get started, it seems like there are currently no plans to revisit The Cabin in the Woods. Goddard and Whedon are clearly still in love with the film’s universe, and Lionsgate seems ready to go with a sequel, but until the right idea pops up it won’t happen.
In an age where sequels, reboots, and revivals are happening regularly for a lot of film and TV properties, it’s refreshing to see one that isn’t going forward until the perfect idea comes along. The writers created The Cabin in the Woods because the thought of a meta, sarcastic horror film excited them, so it stands to reason that they shouldn’t make another until that same excitement happens again. After all, if the writers can’t get on board with a sequel, how do they expect viewers to?
Screen Rant will let you know if there’s any more news on The Cabin in the Woods 2.