Now that "The Cabin in the Woods" is finally set to hit theaters April 13, actor Bradley Whitford is revealing his thoughts on the growing excitment surrounding the Lionsgate project.
The genre-bending film is helmed by "Cloverfield" writer Drew Goddard, who makes his directorial debut. He and Joss Whedon co-wrote the film.
But why has "The Cabin in the Woods" enjoyed so much buzz?
"I think because it's a very original smart take on a very popular genre, and Joss just has a wild kind of wind-tossed imagination," Whitford ("The West Wing") said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "And there's Drew Goddard, who [co-wrote and] directed it, and it's a bunch of really good actors, which is fun."
Chris Hemsworth ("Thor") stars as a young professional who visits a quaint cabin in the woods with a group of friends and ends up thrust into events so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out.
Jason Constantine, president of Lionsgate's Acquisitions and Co-Productions, described the project last year as an "incredibly terrifying, mind-blowing movie that simultaneously celebrates and innovates the genre."
Whedon is the mastermind behind such hits as "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Firefly," "Dollhouse" and "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." He is also the writer and director of the upcoming "Avengers" film.
Goddard has has held producing and writing credits on "Lost," "Alias," "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and "Angel."
MGM, who originally possessed distribution rights to the film, had intended to open the film Jan. 14 2011 after aborting its other release dates of Oct. 23, 2009 and Feb. 5, 2010. However, the studio was forced to juggle the finances for a number of projects, which temporarily shelved the film before Lionsgate stepped into to acquire it.
"The Cabin in the Woods" also stars Fran Kranz ("Dollhouse"), Amy Acker ("Angel," "Dollhouse"), Richard Jenkins, Anna Hutchinson, Kristen Connolly (The Happening"), Brian J. White ("Stomp The Yard"), Jesse Williams ("Brooklyn's Finest").
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