New Cabin in the Woods Posters Parody Its Release Date Woes
04.15.11 by Ryan
The much-delayed The Cabin in the Woods isn't the first movie to unjustly sit on a movie studio's shelf for what seems like an eternity (Warner Bros.' Trick 'r Treat comes to mind), but considering the horror/comedy was written by Joss Whedon (Serenity, the upcoming The Avengers) and stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) one would think that the movie might actually get a release date.
Cabin in the Woods began as a part of MGM's slate and finished shooting back in 2009, long before Hemsworth was declared the god of thunder. Initially scheduled for an October 23, 2009 release, it was rescheduled for February 5, 2010, after casting was completed in early 2009. By October 2009, MGM decided to delay the release until January 2011 so that Cabin could be converted to 3-D. Then the troubles really began.
Last year, MGM's financial issues threatened to ruin the studio, forcing the studio to cancel production on its the untitled 23rd James Bond movie and putting a big question mark around The Hobbit,, another of MGM's high-profile projects. The studio salvaged itself by declaring bankruptcy, which meant the studio could move forward with James Bond 23, but meant that Cabin, and fellow limbo-mate Red Dawn (also starring Hemsworth), were left in the abyss.
Last month, The LA Times reported that new MGM executives were "seeking to sell" both Red Dawn and Cabin in the Woods to another studio rather than release them, but, so far, nothing has happened.
To parody their current situation, Cabin's official Twitter posted two posters poking fun at their problems, one that showed the movie's three release dates, and another that stated, "If you make a kick-ass horror movie...actually release it."
Cabin in the Woods put a twist on the young-people-stranded-in-the-woods theme used in countless horror movies with Richard Jenkins (Let Me In) and Bradley Whitford (West Wing) starring as two white-collar workers who have a mysterious connection to a cabin that houses a group of teenagers for a weekend. Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard directed the movie.