Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, together again
OK, technically this first bit is more movie news than TV news, but it does involve two pretty big TV names, so go with me here. Joss Whedon is reuniting with Drew Goddard for a new movie called Cabin In The Woods. Buffy fans will recognize Goddard as one of the writers from Buffy and Angel. He followed that up with stints on Alias and Lost. The pair wrote the new script together and it will mark the directorial debut of Goddard. Whedon is set to produce.
As is so often the case, there are not a lot of details about the script. When asked, Goddard said, "It's got a harder and darker edge, but it's also got classic Whedon qualities." He went on to add, "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." The cabin in the woods is its own sub genre and, for me, calls to mind Eliza Dushku in Wrong Turn. A handy recollection, because they also talked a little TV. More on that, after the jump.
Whedon goes on to talk about the upcoming Dollhouse. When it's pointed out that there are several Buffyverse alums involved, he says that he tried not to make it a family reunion, but things just worked out that way. They also talk about the pressure of returning to TV, and the difference between working in TV and working in comics. He notes that TV doesn't offer the luxury of being able to delay production to work on something else. Something that will ring bells for fans of the Fray series.
There is also mention of the ongoing drama with another Whedon movie, Goners. It's currently on the back burner, but he still has hope for it. And they finish things up by reminding everyone that Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog will be going live next week. Episodes will be released on the 15th, 17th, and 19th. We have the trailer here, if you missed it.
Whedon does seem to be as busy as ever, but I'll happily give up The Cabin, Goners, any comic projects, and even Nathan Fillion and Neil Patrick Harris in a nutty musical, for just enough Dollhouse viewers to put the show on solid footing. It's easily one of the shows I'm most excited about seeing, but also one of the shows I'm most uneasy about succeeding.