Marvel has now confirmed that Drew Goddard (Lost, The Cabin in the Woods) will not only serve as the Executive Producer and Showrunner, but also write and direct the pilot episode of the new Netflix Daredevil series. (more…)
Now that the dust has begun to settle on the internet shattering announcement that Disney/Marvel Studios will be teaming up with Netflix to bring an astonishing four Marvel properties to the small-on-demand screen it looks like the TV shows are starting to take shape. Well one at least.
On the eve of World War Z‘s release, movie fans are wondering if the often-reported rumors of production difficulties and emergency re-writes and re-shoots are going to show in the final big screen product. Fair question, and The Huffington Post thinks it has an answer.
To recap, Paramount took a look at the work in progress cut of World War Z last year and realized that their third act was a mess. Needing to rethink the issue, the producers – including star Brad Pitt – brought in Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness) to pen a page one re-write of act three. Lindelof, in turn, brought in Cabin in the Woods filmmaker Drew Goddard to help him out. At some point along the way Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) was brought in to do a polish, but mostly the structure of the third act was the work of Lindelof and Goddard.
So when you’re watching World War Z later this weekend, or whenever, at what point does the Lindelof/Goddard script take over from the original version? Interestingly, one doesn’t need to spoil anything to tell, at least you won’t be spoiled if you’ve already seen the trailers. Apparently, the third act begins after Pitt’s character gets on the plane in Israel, the same plane scene that closes out the recent trailer. Further, HuffPo says that Lindeloff and Goddard wrote a couple of scenes to beef up the Pitt character’s familial relationship to give his plight greater gravitas and to make the stakes of the film more personal for the audience.
It’s worth noting that the HuffPo article also said that no footage from the re-done third act has been used in any of the trailers, so movie viewers may be in the rare position of going into the final portion of the movie complete unawares. It will be interesting to see what the reaction to World War Z will be this weekend, if it can overcome some of that negative buzz and deliver something that audiences can get excited about. I guess we’ll know for sure in about 24 hours.
What say you Bastards, are you going to check out World War Z this weekend?
DreamWorks Studios is one step closer to bringing Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse to the big screen with the addition of former Fox chief Tom Rothman. Rothman has signed on to produce the feature acquired by DreamWorks and Doubleday from Daniel H. Wilson‘s formerly unpublished manuscript as part of a pre-emptive deal back in November 2009.
Reports are also coming out from The Hollywood Reporter that Dark Knight Rises star Anne Hathaway is in talks to star as the female lead next to Avengers star Chris Hemsworth in the futuristic adaptation. Yes, Catwoman and Thor in a movie. Before you get too excited though, we should caution that these talks are still in the early stages and negotiations are still underway.
What is Robotocalypse? The story focuses on “the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.” Robopocalypse is being adapted to screen by Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard with Disney and Fox looking ahead toward a April 25th, 2014 release date. Principal photography is set to begin sometime in early 2013.
We should get that on a t-shirt. “Goddard Says Relax.”
The Goddard in this case being writer/director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods). Goddard was subcontracted by Damon Lindelof to re-write the ending to World War Z, the adaptation of the best-selling novel directed by Marc Forster and starring Brad Pitt.
WWZ has been getting beaten up in the press with talk of reshoots, re-writes and star and director not speaking to one and other, but now Goddard is telling Collider that it’s all cool, just typical, big budget Hollywood filmmking stuff. Nothing to write home about.
“I think a lot of that got blown out of proportion. It really was like, they asked me to come look at the movie and give ideas on how to help, and that’s what happened. That happens all the time, I don’t know why this got blown up with World War Z and it suddenly became a big thing. It’s the sort of thing that happens with screenwriters all the time where you give your ideas on what could help, you write some scenes for people… I feel bad for the sort of magnifying glass that that movie’s under because this is just a normal part of the process, this is just what happens… My involvement was just watch the movie, give some ideas, write some scenes that might help, ADR, just sort of fill in stuff, which is what I did.”
At the same time, Goddard seems to be sending a reassuring message that there’s something to be cautiously optimistic about so far as the film, once completed, is concerned.
“Out of respect for the filmmakers, I don’t want to say too much about World War Z, just because I owe it to them to let it come out as they want. What I will say is that some of the stuff I saw was mind-blowing.”
World War Z is due in theaters next summer.
I went on IMDb to start writing this review, and I clicked on The Cabin in the Woods so I could call up the details, like the correct spelling of actors’ names and so forth. As I scrolled to the bottom of the page to where the message boards lie, I noticed one labelled “Evil Dead rip-off anyone?” Two things occurred: one, this poster clearly hadn’t see the movie as he obviously missed the point, and two, does Sam Raimi own the patent on young people going to a cabin in the woods and having bad things happen to them?
If Drew Goddard’s feature directorial debut reminds you of a horror movie you’ve previously seen, than good… It’s supposed to. This is no remake, no gross out torture porn, and especially no found footage trending piece. Think of Scream, or better still think of Wes Craven’s under-appreciated deconstruction of the franchise he created, New Nightmare. In Nightmare, Craven played on the original Nightmare on Elm Street, exploring the notion of Freddy Krueger as the embodiment of nightmares and human fascination with the horrific. The Cabin in the Woods is like that, but not really.
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Hey everyone, “lets” look at Joss Whedon’s other movies. NO, you say? You only care about The Avengers? Fine, be that way. I guess I’ll be the only one watching Whedon turn the horror genre on its ass! I’m forever alone anyway, so…
Lionsgate has released it’s first television commercial for Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon‘s upcoming horror film The Cabin in the Woods.
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes “The Cabin in the Woods” a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. Produced by Whedon and directed by Goddard from a script by both, the film stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford.
Check out the spot below:
So, Evil Dead meets Portal. Joss Whedon, you’ve done it again! This looks incredible.
The Cabin in the Woods is set for April 13th release.
Source: Comic Book Movie
Drew Goddard is about to (finally) unleash his directorial debut Cabin in the Woods on the masses at the South By Southwest, but at the same time, Goddard’s background as a lucrative screenwriter for projects nerdy (like being a staff writer on Buffy, Angel, Lost and Alias) still makes news. To wit, here’s what Goddard told Shock Till You Drop about the potential for a sequel to the found-footage monster movie, Cloverfield.
“I’m in, I’m ready to do it,” Goddard told the site. “Someone call J.J. and tell him to get moving, but because Matt and J.J. and I have been fortunate enough to be busy, it’s hard syncing our schedules up. We’re all very passionate about returning to that world.”
Asked if an idea is on paper, he responded: “If you asked each of us what we wanted to do, you’ll get three different answers, which is how the first film was. The aesthetic of Cloverfield benefits from that. Three voices pulling it. Look, nothing would make me happier than to get the three of us in the room to get started.” He added with a laugh, “But you’ve got this Star Trek thing…”
Stupid Star Trek sequel! … Actually, I don’t know what I’m mad at. I’m not even sure if I’m invested in a Cloverfield 2. But hey, if Goddard and gang can find a new angle, I’d be interested to see what that would be.
Source: Coming Soon
We’ve got a second trailer for Cabin in the Woods, directed by Drew Goddard. It includes quite a few spoiler-y bits, which is a little disappointing because now I’m wondering what the point of even watching the movie is when we now know what the whole movie is about. I’m being sarcastic, by the way; it seems that they were able to hang on to some of their secrets but they’ve been pretty loose about some of the details.
What do you guys think? Still worth watching?
SYNOPSIS: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen.
If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.
Produced by Whedon and directed by Goddard from a script by both, the film stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford
Source: Bleeding Cool
We all know that Joss Whedon is the mastermind/filmmaker behind one of the most anticipated films (ever?) of the year. But The Avengers isn’t all that Whedon’s got going on in the next couple of months, as the film he co-wrote and co-produced, the horror flick Cabin in the Woods, is (finally) being released in a couple of months. Whedon’s now talking about it to one of our local internet sites about his inspiration for the film.
“It’s basically a very loving hate letter,” he told Total Film. “On some level it was completely a lark, me and [director] Drew [Goddard] trying to figure out what the most fun we could have would be. On another level it’s a serious critique of what we love and what we don’t about horror movies.”
Fanboys and girls will remember that Whedon’s greatest triumph (so far), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was a kind of critique of horror movies, and despite his criticism, Whedon still loves the genre.
“I love being scared. I love that mixture of thrill, of horror, that objectification/identification thing of wanting definitely for the people to be all right but at the same time hoping they’ll go somewhere dark and face something awful,” he said. “The things that I don’t like are kids acting like idiots, the devolution of the horror movie into torture porn and into a long series of sadistic comeuppances. Drew and I both felt that the pendulum had swung a little too far in that direction.”
We’ll see how hard Whedon swung when The Cabin in the Woods is released in theaters in April 13th in 2-D and 3-D cinemas.