[Movies] Director Drew Goddard Talks Cabin in the Woods (SPOILERS)
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.19.2012
For the movie's home video release...
IGN spoke with writer/director, Drew Goddard, about Cabin in the Woods which was released this week on DVD and Blu-ray:
*Warning: There are potential spoilers to the movie below, so please be aware before reading the article.*
Regarding the negative feedback for the movie: "I've learned that whenever you work in this genre, you'll get both reactions. I've found that if you just try to make the film you want, you'll find the right audience. If you try to please everyone, you're going to make really boring films."
On the ending to Cabin, and if it was at all what he had in mind for the ending to Lost, a show that Goddard also worked on: "[laughs] It's funny, we were shooting Cabin right around the same time as that finale. I actually left Lost around season four to go do Cabin the Woods...I like that. It might have been something in my subconscious perhaps. That's a really interesting observation that I hadn't really thought about. But it could be true."
On potential sequels or prequels to Cabin in the Woods: "There's nothing definitive that I'm looking at, but it's a universe that Joss [Whedon] and I love. If there's a way we can return to that universe in a way that makes sense, yeah, we would do it. And really, I never had more fun than I did on Cabin in the Woods and I'd be crazy not to try and go back at some point."
On any material that maybe didn't make it into the movie: "You know, we really threw the kitchen sink in there with that. There's pretty much everything we want there. I can't really think of anything I would want to add. There's so much there."
His favorite horror film: "It's so hard to say, but my usual answer is John Carpenter's The Thing. But it changes day to day. I love Alien, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3...But I tend to tend to keep coming back to John Carpenter. That man can do no wrong in my book...I'm from New Mexico, where Carpenter shot Vampires outside of Santa Fe. I snuck a job as a PA on the film next to his and would go over and watch John Carpenter shoot gore scenes for that film all day. It was a real delight for "young Drew." If they ever made a Drew Goddard biopic, that scene would need to be there.
On possibly collaborating with Joss Whedon again, or even working with him on a Marvel project: "You know, we talk pretty much every single day. I love Joss and I love the Marvel Universe, so if there's a way we can make that work for both sides, I would love to do that. I just love those guys. There's nobody doing it better than Kevin Feige (Marvel producer), and obviously they're having a lot of success with it. We're gonna try and make it happen at some point."
On the future of a Cloverfield sequel: You know, that's a good term for it. We are mulling a Cloverfield sequel. But we're honestly not actively working on it. It's hard to get me, J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves to work out our schedules. We can all agree that we don't just want to do a sequel as a money-grab. We'll do it if we can come up with an idea that excites us. But the truth is, we haven't really gotten the three of us in one room since Cloverfield. [laughs] We've been pretty busy. But whenever anyone asks, I always say 'Blame Star Trek. It's Star Trek's fault.'"
On working with director Steven Spielberg for Robopocalypse and meeting with Spielberg for the first time: "It's moving forward quickly. The plan is shoot next spring. It's fun to see Steven Spielberg doing epic science-fiction again. Speaking as a fan, I can't wait for people to see what he's been cooking up...
It [meeting Spielberg] consisted of me being incredibly sweaty and terrified. I could not have been more nervous. But you know, he gives off this aura. As soon as he came into the room he put me at ease. He's really one of the kindest, most gentle and enthusiastic people I've met. I think his secret is his true passion and love for film – it's infectious to be around him. If you truly love films, I think he's always going to cotton to you. It's really been one of the great joys of my life – getting the chance to work with him."