If ever there was a film that held a universe where dozens of stories could be told, that film is Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s love letter to the horror genre, Cabin in the Woods (2012). If ever there was a film that made sure that a continued story was completely out of the question, that film would be also be Cabin in the Woods. Yet, rumors and speculation have haunted the internet. The man who brought this universe to life recently spoke to Fandango to try and put an end to those rumors and speculation.
“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.”
As sad as not having another Cabin In The Woods is, you have to respect him for not wanting to do a sequel just because people want there to be one. Holding on to the integrity of the original is a noble thing to do.
Although it seems like a sequel isn’t going to happen, Goddard makes sure to reiterate what he’s been saying since the original premiered in 2012. He explains: “I mean, look, I never say never, either. I’ve learned, tomorrow, that a bolt of lightning could strike and you could think of an idea that does the first one justice, but I haven’t quite had that idea yet, I haven’t had the idea yet that makes me go, ‘Oh, we have to drop everything and do that now”.
As an uberfan of The Cabin in the Woods, I stand in the midst of not wanting a sequel. The feels that were experienced when Fran Kranz‘s Marty and Kristen Connolly’s Dana infiltrated the facility could never be replicated. The appearance of Sigourney Weaver as The Director could never be replicated. But just like Goddard doesn’t completely rule out a sequel occurring if a brilliant idea came to him or Joss Whedon, I – as I’m sure many fans – would never rule out setting their eyes on to whatever idea is created.
Are you down for a continuation of the Cabin in the Woods universe? What creature featured on the betting board would you like to see have a spinoff story? The Merman? The unicorn? Kevin? Let us know over on Twitter, Reddit, or the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook.