Two long-awaited film projects are finally prepped to make their way to your local theater in the future. One of these pics - The Cabin in the Woods - has been collecting dust after being shelved as a result of MGM's bankruptcy, while the other - an Ender's Game film adaptation - looks to at last become a reality after years of rumor mongering.
Lionsgate has stepped up to distribute Drew Goddard/Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods flick, while Summit is in active talks to both co-finance and handle the U.S. distribution of director Gavin Hood's Ender's Game movie.
As Deadline has pointed out, Cabin in the Woods was at one point slated to hit theaters all the way back in October 2009. The satirical horror flick was postponed so it could be given the lucrative 3D conversion treatment, but the project got stuck in limbo while MGM dealt with its financial issues. Chances are good that Lionsgate will unleash the film in theaters during this year's Halloween season, but nothing is set in stone right now.
[UPDATE: Shock Till You Drop says that Lionsgate may be planning to release The Cabin in the Woods in theaters this year on October 28th.]
Concrete details about the plot of Cabin in the Woods are few, but the flick is said to be a twisted and darkly humorous take on the conventional horror genre movie about young people who unwisely head out to party at a remote lodge in the forest - and all hell breaks loose soon thereafter (a la The Evil Dead, Cabin Fever, etc.).
Thor star Chris Hemsworth is one of the aforementioned potential victims in Cabin in the Woods, which stands to benefit at the box office from his newfound fame. The film also features great character actor Richard Jenkins (Let Me In) and a few familiar faces from the Whedonverse of television shows, including Dollhouse alumni Fran Kranz and Amy Acker.
Cabin in the Woods marks the feature-length directorial debut of Goddard, who worked with Whedon on both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel long before he became better known for his script work on Lost and Clovefield. Whedon co-wrote the pic with Goddard, so you know it'll feature much of his trademark witty dialogue; plus, it should help tide fans over until the next collaborative effort between Whedon and Hemsworth - a little film called The Avengers. You may have heard of that one...
Word got out last fall that Wolverine helmer Gavin Hood had written a cinematic adaptation of Orson Scott's Card's famous sci-fi tale, Ender's Game, and intended to direct the pic as well. It wasn't until ultimate geek duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci got involved as producers that the adaptation really began to gain momentum.
Ender's Game is a futuristic story that revolves around young Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, a brilliant but ruthless young boy who is recruited by a military force known as the International Fleet (IF) to train for battle in the inevitable third war between Earth and an invasive alien race known as the Formics or "Buggers".
Card's darkly psychological source material is certainly a far cry from Summit's most well-known literary adaptation - the Twilight movies - but it's also a very thought-provoking story that touches on some very timely issues, as it were. Here's hoping that Hood learned some important lessons about directing big-budget fare after the debacle that was Wolverine.
We'll keep you posted on the status of both The Cabin in the Woods and Ender's Game as more information is released.
Source: Deadline, Summit Entertainment