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With both Joss Whedon and 'Thor' star Chris Hemsworth in the news lately, it's no suprise that Lionsgate has showed a renewed vigor in negotiating for the rights to their long-completed MGM horror film 'The Cabin in the Woods'. For anyone that hasn't been following the film's fanboy-frustrating legal issues, 'Cabin' is a tentpole horror film directed by 'Cloverfield' writer Drew Goddard who also co-wrote the film with Whedon. It stars a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth as part of a huge cast including Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, and Amy Aker.
So why isn't it in theaters? Well, it mainly boils down to bad luck. The film was completed and ready to go in October of 2009 when MGM pulled back it's release date at the last minute to attempt a 3D post-conversion on the film. However, before that process could begin, MGM went through it's massive financial upheaval that left it nearly bankrupt and clinging on by a thread. Nearly every project the studio had been working on or owned the rights to ended up in a kind of development limbo, 'Cabin in the Woods' included. Thankfully, with MGM finally making moves to pull itself out of the crisis ('The Hobbit' is in production, they've joined forces with Sony to release new Bond films...), it looks like we may finally get to see the much-anticipated horror film in theaters soon.
With Lionsgate currently in negotiations to distribute the film, that leaves MGM's 'Red Dawn' remake (surprisingly also starring Hemsworth) as the only property still looking for a distributor. As Marvel's 'Thor' will most likely establish the actor as a big name, it's likely that his increased boost in star status will help both 'Cabin' and 'Red Dawn' make it to theaters. There's no word yet as to a possible release date for 'The Cabin in the Woods', but insiders say it will again aim for a Halloween release.