It seems a movie least ripe for a sequel ever, ending with the implied doom of all life on the planet, but given Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin In The Woods satirised horror tropes, it could just as easily have one of those Eighties-style sequels where the first ten minutes frustratingly roll back the last ten minutes of the previous film. You know, the ones where the masked murderer who was definitely killed at the end of the first starts the next film in a coma, before waking up and tracking down the survivors – that sort of thing.
“It would be kinda sweet,” said Fran Kranz, who played stoner Marty Mikalski in The Cabin In The Woods, and science dork Topher Brink in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, speaking to SciFiNow, “because I’m a fan of Drew and Joss’s movies.
“It would be great to have a sequel like Independence Day and we’re just fighting all the giants with lots of crazy aircraft, and we get to see the giants knocking down the Empire State Building. It’d be a ridiculous departure from the subtlety of The Cabin In The Woods, but I wouldn’t mind that. Other than that, I wouldn’t mind a prequel, or just five other kids, just like your basic horror set up – bring them to the cabin and have the Merman eat them all this time! I wouldn’t mind that!”
Unsurprisingly, given that there were plans for a Left 4 Dead 2 expansion pack themed around the movie, Fran Kranz reckons the movie has potential as a videogame too.
“I thought it would make a great videogame, a pretty sinister and diabolical videogame – you get to have your kids, pick your monsters and I guess you could play both monster or kid, and try and kill them or be saved and defy the giant evil gods. I think it could be a fun role-play, World Of Warcraft-sort of experience, which could be kinda cool.
“Marty’s a survivor, clearly,” the actor continues. “It’s funny, because people who haven’t seen the movie ask, ‘Is there gonna be a sequel?’ and I don’t want to give anything away, it’s hard to say yes, you know?
“I think there might be too many franchises – that’s the goal of studios nowadays, to just get a franchise, and sometimes it feels a little mindless, and the end result is clearly just dollar signs. I like that The Cabin In The Woods gives the finger to the idea of franchises and just says ‘This is it, this is the end’, but I think somehow… Joss and Drew are clever people and I think somehow they could think of a way to pull it off even for another 90 minutes of giants running around.”
And obviously our snarky stoner would be there, wisecracking every step of the way.
“I think Marty would have the last line again,” Kranz agrees.