The Cabin in the Woods will not be getting a sequel, according to director Drew Goddard. Co-written with Joss Whedon - and starring a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth - the comedy-horror follows a group of teenagers as they embark on a weekend getaway. Inevitably, they realize that there is more to their titular cabin than meets the eye. After numerous delays, the movie was finally released in 2012. It was met with rave reviews and a passionate fanbase.
In the time since, Goddard and Whedon have gone on to be two of the busiest people in Hollywood. Soon after Cabin in the Woods was finished filming, Whedon was chosen to gather the Avengers for their first-ever team-up in. He later returned for the sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron and helped created Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He also controversially took over directorial duties on Justice League, reshooting large portions of the film after Zack Snyder stepped away. Whedon will next return to TV for HBO. Goddard, meanwhile, went 0n to create Netflix's Daredevil, write World War Z and an unproduced Sinister Six film, direct episodes of The Good Place, and receive an Oscar nomination for writing The Martian.
Still, fans remain eager to see a Cabin in the Woods follow-up. Speaking to CinemaBlend, however, Goddard took the time to officially shut down the idea. According to the acclaimed director, he and Whedon had numerous ideas but unfortunately none worked without undercutting the original's ending. Read his full statement below:
We had some crazy ideas but Joss [Whedon] and I both felt strongly that we didn't want to do it just to do it. Right? I'm very lucky that I get to keep making movies, I don't need to just go make a sequel for the sake of making a sequel. The only way we could do it is if we could do it justice, and the truth is, it's a hard one to do justice to. Every version of continuing the story undercuts the ending that we had in Cabin, and I just feel like that continues to be the perfect ending for that movie and I never want to undercut it.
Goddard had previously stated that he would never say never to a Cabin in the Woods sequel. As time goes on, however, it seems less and less likely as he pushes forward with his increasingly jam-packed career. His new film, Bad Times at the El Royale, opens this week. He already has a story in place for X-Force, but is also scheduled to write the upcoming Robopocalyse, now to be directed by Michael Bay.
It's easy to see why Goddard (and Whedon) would choose not to revisit this world. Mostly because, in one of the most surprising closing moments of movie history, the last remaining characters (and ostensibly the world) were wiped out as Hell was literally unleashed on Earth. While the aftermath of such an apocalyptic event could produce a wealth of material to mine and explore, it's difficult to envision how to package it in such a clever, funny, and meta way as Cabin in the Woods. The risk of it descending into parody - or worse still, based on horror movie law, messing with the original - is too great.
Although the horror genre is built upon sequels, sometimes it's best to leave well enough alone. Especially when the final result is as close to perfect as many believe Cabin in the Woods was.