‘Cabin in the Woods‘ was a hit with fans and critics and did well at the box office but after six years it’s now been revealed why a sequel has never seen the light of day. Anyone who remembers the ending to the first film can likely guess why there wasn’t a follow-up, but when a horror movie does well in today’s franchise friendly atmosphere, it seemed like anything could happen. While Drew Goddard was promoting ‘Bad Times at the El Royale,’ this classic piece of his work came up, and he was able to drop a few details about why we only ever got one installment.
As to the official reasoning that Goddard shared about a sequel not happening?
“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.”
As the movie came to a close and the ancient Gods were once again rising and destroying humanity, it would be hard to stop the apocalypse as things stood. While a spinoff movie could show us another one of the science facilities in the network which was established to save humanity every year, it seems that with everyone having lost already there isn’t much which could be done to prevent the end of the world.
All of that being said, if Goddard and Whedon came up with a solid sophomore outing into the world of ‘Cabin in the Woods’ which also preserved the first movie’s ending anything could happen:
“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.'”
It is a shame that this didn’t turn into a franchise but it makes sense with how they ended the first movie.
Can you think of any ideas which would have given a solid reason for a sequel to ‘Cabin in the Woods’? Would you be willing to revisit this film if the creators did come up with a sequel-worthy idea? Share your thoughts in the comments below!