MGM has greenlit a spec script from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard called “The Cabin in the Woods,” the Hollywood Reporter writes.
The film will be the directorial debut for Goddard, who had previously teamed up with Whedon on cult series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel and also written episodes for two J.J. Abrams‘ shows, Alias and, more recently, Lost.
Whedon, who is returning to primetime with Dollhouse after a few years’ break, will be credited as producer on the Cabin feature.
“The Cabin in the Woods” is the first movie to be greenlit under the new head of MGM, Mary Parent.
“It’s genius, it’s funny. 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,” says Goddard. “There’s a reason the title is so straightforward. 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.”
About his role as producer, Whedon says: “Writing is like a cave. 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.”
This is the third (announced) project Whedon has in store for the near future. His new television series Dollhouse, starring Eliza Dushku, will launch on Fox in January 2009 and, next week (July 15), Act One of his supervillain musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog will premiere online. To find out more, hit the banner below, read the Master Plan, and spread the word.