Epix HD, Lionsgate and HitFix present a live-chat with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
10:30 AM, I had to be downtown at the San Jacinto Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel, where I would be moderating a special discussion with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, the creators behind the new movie "The Cabin In The Woods" at noon local time. Since I'm not on either coast, I'm almost constantly confused about the time in other places right now. It didn't help that the night before, I'd seen a midnight movie that started an hour late and thanks to Daylight Savings time, I'd also lost an hour to the time change.
This is our archived version of the final interview, and I'll confess that this was an exciting interview for me. Somehow, even after all the time I've been writing online, I'd never met Whedon. The entire reason Hercules The Strong ever went to work for Ain't It Cool News is because when I met him, we started talking about our mutual adoration of the TV show "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," which was still in early days at that point. I was on the set of "Serenity," but it was more about observation and listening to a presentation by Whedon. I would hardly consider it a meeting of any kind. I've liked much of his work, and I've certainly written my fair share about him over the years.
But I finally found the time to sit down with him to chat on the eve of what should be the biggest theatrical motion picture year of his career so far. He's had some great credits over the years, but he's never really conquered the feature world the same way he's conquered television a few times. Not yet.
"The Cabin In The Woods" was supposed to be in theaters in 2009, and it got hung up in MGM's financial issues. It had nothing to do with the movie. At one point, the studio panicked and decided they were going to post-convert the film and they delayed it for a full year to make room for that. Word is that they never really even started that process. It was just the studio freaking out because of other financial problems, and for a moment, they thought chasing a new trend was the answer.
The film that's arriving in theaters on April 13 appears to be the film that Whedon and Goddard set out to make, and Lionsgate has been serious about this one since they bought it. I don't know if a mainstream audience is going to want to play along with this one, but I think it could happen. And if it does, I think it's going to excite people to realize that Whedon is also the one behind "The Avengers," which sounds like it's great based on what I'm hearing from people who have seen it.
Thanks to everyone who reached out and contributed questions for this one, and I hope it goes well. By the time I see this page again, this event will be over, and I'll be looking to you judge how well it went.
Here's where you'll see it when we begin at 10:00 AM PST/1:00 PM EST, and we'll run a half hour.
Right now you can see the trailer for the film, although I'd advise you just wait this next month and walk into the film cold if at all possible.
In the meantime, thanks to Lionsgate and Epix HD for involving us in this wonderful way to start off a rainy Sunday morning at SXSW. And thank Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon for being incredibly easy to talk to, and for making it worth getting up after so little sleep.