The Cabin in the Woods is one of the most popular and polarizing horror movies of the past couple of decades. Up there with The Witch, Evil Dead (2013), and now Hereditary, viewers either hated or loved it with no in between. Regardless, almost everyone saw it.

However, despite its success, a sequel doesn’t seem likely.

Speaking with Fandango last week, director Drew Goddard pointed out the obvious, explaining that the film painted a very distinct and finite ending.

“Well, you know, we sort of painted ourselves into a corner with the ending of Cabin in the Woods … It’s not a thing that calls for an easy sequel, I’ll tell you that much.”

After all, the human race was kind of, you know, completely destroyed.

“We had some crazy ideas but Joss [Whedon] and I both felt strongly that we didn’t want to do it just to do it. Right? I’m very lucky that I get to keep making movies, I don’t need to just go make a sequel for the sake of making a sequel. The only way we could do it is if we could do it justice, and the truth is, it’s a hard one to do justice to. Every version of continuing the story undercuts the ending that we had in Cabin, and I just feel like that continues to be the perfect ending for that movie and I never want to undercut it.”

But there’s still a small possibility. Goddard just needs that lightning bolt of an idea to really spark things in motion. It’s just got to be the perfect one, that’s all.

“I mean, look, I never say never, either … I’ve learned, tomorrow, that a bolt of lightning could strike and you could think of an idea that does the first one justice, but I haven’t quite had that idea yet, I haven’t had the idea yet that makes me go, “Oh, we have to drop everything and do that now.”

With that said, fans shouldn’t hold their breath. In a world where every single movie ever made seemingly has a sequel, it’s actually refreshing to have a new property come, make its mark, and exit with dignity. Maybe The Cabin in the Woods 2 just isn’t meant to be.

And I think we can all agree that it would be kind of hard to come back from the end of planet anyway.

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