I was a big fan of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s Cabin in the Woods. It was such a fun and unique horror film that introduced us to a crazy new way of offering human sacrifices to appease the ancient gods.
We’ve heard that there was a possibility of seeing a sequel, but it turns out that Whedon and Goddard decided not to pursue it at the moment. Goddard explains why in an interview with Fandango:
“Well, you know, we sort of painted ourselves into a corner with the ending of Cabin in the Woods. It's not a thing that calls for an easy sequel, I'll tell you that much.
“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.”
I’m totally fine with Cabin in the Woods being a one and done film! Not every movie needs a sequel. Sometimes just one film that tells one great story is good enough. But, if the right idea for a sequel does pop into his head, he’s not ruling it out:
“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.’”
Would you like to see a sequel to Cabin in the Woods, or do you think they should just let it be and keep moving on with their careers.
ABC has committed to a put pilot for a new single camera comedy called Woman Up. The series comes from Zoe Lister-Jones who stars in Life in Pieces, Liz Meriwether who created New Girl, and Jason Winer from behind the camera of Life in Pieces and Single Parents among others. Lister-Jones wrote the story behind Woman Up and will serve as executive producer along with Meriwether, Winer, and Jon Radler.
It could be fun, and I do enjoy Lister-Jones. It will all depend on who else stars in my opinion. Are you sold on it yet?
Star Wars fans will finally be able to sympathize with Han Solo when he said, “I thought they smelled bad on the outside.” There are now officially licensed Star Wars candles. They come in three sets, one for each of the films in the original trilogy and I’m flabbergasted at the scents they’ve gone with.
A New Hope:
The Empire Strikes Back:
Inside of a Tauntaun
Yoda’s Cooking Pot
Han Solo Carbonite
Return of the Jedi:
Death Star Destroyed
Who chose these? They sound more like gag gifts instead of something I’d actually want in my house. If you are so inclined, you can pre-order them now. Each set is available for $36.99 (less than $8 per candle), or you can buy all three at a discounted rate of $91.99. If you really love these candles though, you can get limited edition versions that come with an engraved plinth and presentation box, complete with magnetic closure for $52.99 a set, or $127.99 for all three. If you live in the UK, you can get them even cheaper by going to GeekStore! What scent can you not wait for? I actually wouldn’t mind smelling the destruction of a Death Star.
A Star Is Born is generating lots of Oscar buzz, which means the internet is cashing in on any memes and parodies it can create out of the touching remake. That’s a great thing in this case, as Funny Or Die made a magical mashup that pairs Bradley Cooper up with John C. Reilly for A Cox Is Born. I seem to remember thinking Walk Hard was “meh,” when I saw it, although this trailer has me wanting to seek it out and watch it again. Check out the trailer below and let us know if it makes you feel the same way:
Annapurna is going through some changes right now which include getting rid of some projects. One such project is the movie Hustlers that will star Jennifer Lopez. If you were looking forward to the film, do not fret, for STX has picked up the title, so you will still see the stripper heist film.
In addition to the change of studio, there is a new cast member! Constance Wu from Crazy Rich Asians and Fresh Off the Boat will be joining Lopez according to Deadline.
Hustlers will take place in the late aughts (2000s) when the US was dealing with a big financial crisis. Director directed by Lorene Scafaria said this about the film:
“The film is an empathetic look at women and men, our gender roles, what we’re valued for, what we’ve been told is our value in every movie, TV show, every corner of culture. Men have been told they’re worth the size of their bank accounts. Women have been told they’re worth the symmetry of their faces, their bodies, their beauty and that’s what this film is based on. The rules of the club are the rules of the world.”
Wu’s role has not been disclosed, but it is a lead role according to sources.
Limetown is a mystery thriller podcast and Facebook wants to adapt it into a series. That’s right, Facebook has given a 10-episode order to the podcast adaptation and Jessica Biel will star as Lia Haddock. Lia is “a journalist for American Public Radio who seeks to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of more than 300 people at a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee.”
It’s a really interesting podcast and I hope it translates well to the screen. Limetown creators Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie are writing the adaptation and will executive produce. Biel will also executive produce alongside Michelle Purple from Biel’s Iron Ocean Productions. Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg will also executive produce under Midnight Radio, and they will serve as showrunners. Adrienne Erickson will serve as producer.
If you’re a longtime fan of the 2015 podcast, you’ll also be excited to learn that the long-awaited second season is finally being released. You just have to wait until October 31, 2018. That’s right, it’s being released on Halloween! Also, on November 13, Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast will be released.
Most of the time, people like to draw Pokemon with cute hats and outfits for the different holidays throughout the year. Reddit user PageofSean has upped their game though. They have redrawn Bulbasaur to fully embody Halloween. Instead of the bulbous plant on his back, the dinosaur Pokemon now has a Jack-o-lantern that grows as he evolves. The marks on his forehead are also changed to resemble a skull. I love this re-imagining!
The Kindergarten Teacher is the latest Netflix original drama and stars Maggie Gyllenhaal. She plays a Kindergarten teacher who discovers one of her students is a gifted poet. Her fascination soon becomes an unhealthy obsession that send her life down the wrong path. But is this Netflix original a solid addition to the streaming service’s mediocre library of originals or does it stand above the rest?
Doctor Who Season 11 is finally underway, and for those of you itching to watch something new before the second episode premieres, we have just the thing. This behind the scenes video takes viewers into the big scenes in “The Woman Who Fell To Earth,” and gives some background as to how some scenes came to be. Check it out below, and catch new Doctor Who Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET on BBC America.
For those that didn’t know, Captain Jack Sparrow has never been portrayed the way Disney intended. Johnny Depp appeared on set, saw the script, and then decided he wanted to do something completely different. A lot of people have attributed his character portrayal to that of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, but there’s a little more behind how Depp created the character. The actor recently spoke about the creation of Sparrow in an interview with Collider and said the character came to him during an intense sauna session:
In the original screenplay Captain Jack was written as a swashbuckler, a pirate who swings in, sort of fights a little bit and then swings out, grabs a girl and that’s it. I had different ideas for him. This sounds weird but Captain Jack was born in a sauna. My sauna. I was looking at various aspects of the character and I figured this guy has been on the high seas for the majority of his life and therefore has dealt with inescapable heat to the brain. So I cranked the sauna up to about 1000 degrees and sat in there as long as I could until it started to affect me mentally. It was very, very hot, as was my brain. While you’re in there in that kind of heat you can’t stand still, but the worst of it is if you move, it kills you. So that gave me the idea that his brain has been par-boiled to some degree. Also in terms of his body language I felt that when he was on the ship he would be fine as the ship would be bounding away. He would have sea legs, but when he gets on land he cannot get land legs. He would be looking wobbly and Disney disagreed.
Disney was not happy with the early footage they saw of Depp playing Sparrow. Some interpreted his character as insane, others incredibly drunk, and some thought he was turning Sparrow into a gay character. It led to several discussions with angry executives trying their best to get Depp to change things up. Depp refused, and said they’d have to fire him if they wanted Sparrow played differently. Firing Depp would’ve been a bad look for Disney so they kept them, and the rest is history.
It’s actually hilarious Disney was so against the portrayal before audiences saw it, and then absolutely ran Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise into the ground by over exposing the character. Can you imagine what would’ve happened to this franchise had Disney fired Depp? Do you think it would’ve been nearly as successful?