MGM Roars To Life With Joss Whedon And More

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 6:59 am,

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The lion is hungry and it seems to be roaring again as projects like The Cabin in the Woods and a Red Dawn remake are on Mary Parent’s clip board.

Mary Parent is getting right on track in MGM these days since she was named the chair of their Worldwide Motion Picture Group back in March.

One item that she’s given the green light to on her clipboard is the project called The Cabin in the Woods.

The Cabin in the Woods is brought to us by none other than Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. In the past these two, as a team, have brought us such successes as the ill-fated Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the Buffy spinoff Angel. Drew Goddard has some other credits to his name as writer and co-producer of Alias and wrote some other little known flick by some guy, called Cloverfield and co-produces ABC’s Lost.

But “Cabin” will be Goddard’s directorial debut. I am short on storyline details and not because I’m lazy, but for some reason they’re being tight lipped about it. Suffice it to say that Mary Parent has been quoted to saying, “It’s a visceral thrill ride and I’ll leave it at that.” No. I won’t leave it at that. I will hover and hound until I have details, and THEN I will leave it at that!

With Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods set to go, Parent is also looking to push MGM in the direction of other remakes and sequels. One such remake is Red Dawn!

They’ve hired screenwriter Carl Ellsworth, with Dan Bradley directing.

Ellsworth’s writing credits inlcude Disturbia & Red Eye while Bradley’s recent experience was 2nd unit director and stunt coordinator for The Bourne Ultimatum, Spider-Man 3 and the upcoming Quantum of Solace. I guess Ellsworth is an action kind of guy.

In the event you aren’t as ancient as I am, Red Dawn was a 1980′s movie where Soviet forces invade the U.S. and a mid-western pack of teenagers pull it together to first defend their town, then go on to lead the defense of their country with the battle cry of “Go Wolverines!” (School team name) It starred Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, Darren Dalton and Jennifer Grey. I remember liking the movie a lot back then and the few times I’ve seen it on TV since.

With the above projects gaining momentum, I would be remiss if I did not mention or remind of you MGM’s other projects: Fame, The Thomas Crown Affair 2, The Zookeeper and RoboCop. Mary Parent just didn’t take over, she lit the fire under someone’s *** and is launching their company into the front lines of movie making and headlines!

An Interesting Side Note About Parent and Whedon:

No, not “that” kind of side note! MGM might be backing Joss Whedon a little bit more than it used to.

Before coming to MGM, Mary Parent was pretty successful for Universal. She has also been called a “Whedon Stalker”. She was the executive force behind Serenity and she convinced Universal to purchase Whedon’s project called Goners. For those who have been hovering about following the development of Goners, the hope for the show may actually be, well, gone with Parent leaving Universal.

Whedon never really let on what Goners was about, but it was rumored to be like Buffy, but more horrific. Oh well. That would have been cool.

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  1. I have always thought whedon projects Like a Serenity sequel and Goner would been produced
    if WB had produced Whedons Wonder Woman project and it was a hit.

  2. Thanks b!X

  3. A Serenity Sequel would be incredible

  4. Oh yes it would indeed Rob. If nothing is legally tied up with Universal, I bet we may start hearing something within the next year or so… or so I predict.

  5. I’d just be worried about the “magic” being lost, you know?

  6. When Whedon has a thought, or story, he does his best to stick to his idea. I’m not worried about the magic.

  7. Well if the passion is still out there (and I assure you that it is) instead of a sequel, you may see a prequel instead since Josh loved the story and the characters so much. Knowing the cast’s reception to the ideas of reuniting being well known, if it can happen look for it too. That franschise/story line was too good to let die without reviving.

  8. I think people either love or hate Whedon’s stuff..I just don’t get it..I mean I really don’t..I bought and watched the Series Firefly & the movie Serenity and can’t say I enjoyed them and all I can really say is that I am indifferent to them. Although that being said I should probably revisit Serenity again. Never liked Buffy or Angel as it was just a reflection of pop culture at the time with characters spouting “cool catch” phrases of the day…C’mon guys I should be more into Whedons work and I can’t get more into it..I was more a fan of his father’s work (Tom) as he was the head writer of The Electric Company..I have the two best of sets of The Electric Company on DVD for my kids and I enjoy those more that Buffy or ANgel..

  9. Did I hear my name being called? They call me Bruce. Here I am!

    Hey Green: I am sending a salt shaker along with this:

    I thought I had read that there was a shake up at Fox Broadcasting in regards to some key folk leaving, or better, brighter, more intuitive folk coming on board.

    I’ve since tried finding that info again, but to no avail.

    If true, I think what we’re seeing is a shift of focus as to what can do them good with their advertisers. Especially after Battlestar Galactica and the success it’s had on the Sci-Fi Channel.

    That’s my foggy take… and I’m still trying to find that article.

  10. i read that somewhere too I am sure so it’s not so foggy Bruce but in the article it stated he said he would never work with FOX again and not with a few FOX executives…