You know, Joss Whedon doing a horror movie is something I could get behind. One of those classic ’80s style slasher flicks, but instead of dumb high school or college kids, we’re looking at college kids who like to indulge in snappy pop culture patter, and are smarter than your average bear. But, at the end of the day, they still get chopped to pieces by an equally snappy one-liner tossing killer. Or maybe not on the one-liner tossing part. The only thing worst than a boring killer is one who talks too much, which invariably ends up being boring. But is Whedon’s “Cabin in the Woods”, a movie he’s currently writing the script for with “Cloverfield” dude Drew Goddard, the horror movie we’ve all been waiting for him to do? Maybe, maybe not. He ain’t tellin’.
Whedon did tell MTV this, though (among other things about his upcoming projects, for those interested):
Instead, Whedon moved on to a new movie project, which he co-wrote with “Buffy” alum and “Cloverfield” scribe Drew Goddard. “It’s genius, it’s funny,” Goddard said. “It’s got a harder and darker edge, but it’s also got classic Whedon qualities. It’ll rip your heart out and be heartfelt at the same time.” Enough with the hype, what’s it about? “There’s a reason the title is so straightforward,” Goddard teased. “It’s its own sub-genre, the cabin in the woods, and this is sort of our take on it. It’s fresh and new.”
Whedon, who said the pair are close to going out with the project, is also wearing a producer’s hat on this one; he said doing double duty is “very hard.” “Writing is like a cave,” he explained. “You have to go very far down, and you have to have time to get down there and come back up. But producing, that means you’re involved with everything. Right now, that has more to do with very preliminary stuff, budgeting and whatnot, but it’s still another thing on the list that keeps you having enough time to get into your artistic head.” Don’t worry, Goddard assures us, it’ll be worth the wait. “That man is a genre all to himself,” he said. “He’s comedy, horror, drama, all at once, and you’ll never be able to classify it as one thing. What do you call it? At the end of the day, it’s Joss.”
Damn, nothing on the project. This thing could be a comedy about kids watching their favorite horror movies and hitting on each other using snappy dialogue, or it could be the straightforward slasher flick I want to see. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, for fans of Whedon, check out the comic book series “Angel: After the Fall”, which takes place immediately in the aftermath of the Angel TV series, with Los Angeles now stuck in hell. You know, more than usual. But I digress.