Joss Whedon's Cabin in the Woods is Another MGM Casualty?

June 16, 2010
Source: THR

Cabin in the Woods

Aw man! I guess it was inevitable that we'd hear sooner or later about every MGM movie in production. The Playlist found a mention in a Hollywood Reporter article today about MGM's search for a new CEO stating that another highly anticipated MGM movie may be shelved for the time being. This time it's Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods, a contemporary twist on the horror/thriller genre directed by Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard. If you remember, the film is actually entirely shot and done, but MGM delayed it for a full year to convert it to 3D. In fact, it should've already been released by now, but instead it's getting shelved.

Cabin in the Woods was originally scheduled (and ready) to hit in February of this year (four months ago!) but then MGM delayed it to supposedly convert to 3D, but also to work up more money for marketing, but that didn't happen. THR's article states: "MGM has the thriller Red Dawn set for release in November and the horror thriller Cabin in the Woods slotted for January. But no trailers have been shot, and it's assumed both will be pushed to later release dates." How much later? Who knows. Obviously MGM needs to figure things out or the entire movie has to be sold and moved, but it could take forever for that to happen.

It really sucks for these highly anticipated movies that they have to unwillingly delayed. It's even worse that they're shot and pretty much ready to go, but MGM doesn't have the money to market and release them. And instead of selling them, they're going to hold on and wait until they get back on track. I guess this is the end of Cabin in the Woods for now, but if we hear anything about it anytime soon, we'll definitely let you know!

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FUCK! This is all 3Ds fault. And this movie's script was so good.

crumb on Jun 16, 2010


Very disheartening news. I wouldn't call myself a Whedon fanboy, but I did like Firefly and I've been wanting to see this movie for quite some time.

Craig on Jun 16, 2010


Fuck you MGM, you haven't made a decent movie in 2 decades and you ruin the only movie that would be decent. Idiots.

Ben on Jun 16, 2010


This is bad news for Disney too as this was going to gain some much needed Whedon buzz leading up to The Avengers. Us fanboys may know and love him, but when I was out tonight no one even knew who he was in the group I was in. He needs a mainstream hit to get his name out there, a cult following isn't going to be enough for arguably the biggest film of the decade. Hopefully we'll see this by 2012 though, but with MGM crumbling it doesn't seem very likely unless they sell it to another studio. Maybe Miramax will buy it so Disney will have a better shot at releasing it prior to The Avengers... ...Oh wait they went out of business too, fuck

peloquin on Jun 16, 2010


#4: Yeah, most people still haven't heard of Joss Whedon. Stan Lee dropped his name last night on Craig Ferguson's show and I was surprised that Ferguson had heard of him. If Whedon is actually directing The Avengers, that should help get him some notoriety and help to get Cabin released. I just hope we don't have to wait until after Avengers is out before that happens.

Craig on Jun 16, 2010


I'm sure the Whedonites are foaming at the mouth with this news and they're one rabid group so I'm sure they're writing a petition as I type this. If it takes 2 years to release then they're not going to have to worry about spending money on marketing because some courier will put it online way before that. It's a dangerous game MGM is playing because property as hot as this can only be kept from the public under lock and key for so long until a disgruntled janitor nabs a copy.

peloquin on Jun 16, 2010


Can't make money without releasing movies.

germs on Jun 16, 2010


Can't release movies without money though hence the catch 22 and Hollywood's politics are getting more and more like real politics.

peloquin on Jun 16, 2010


MGM is absolutely fucked. And it's holding back everything.

Merc on Jun 16, 2010


If I want 3d I can walk down the street movies are movies so release it already. I was very disappointed that Dollhouse had such a short run and have been looking forward to this movie.

bdaddyrod on Jun 17, 2010


It's cool that they're not remaking classics, so Horror fans should support MGM

Lincoln on Jun 17, 2010


This really sucks. I hope they release it soon D:

Watch The Cabin in the Woods Online on Jan 1, 2011


Damn you, MysteryGuitarMan!!!!! I WANTED TO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!

RazzleDazzle on Jan 23, 2011

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