Buffy creator Joss Whedon’s horror film The Cabin in the Woods has a long, annoying history. Whedon and director Drew Goddard cast, shot, and completed this film some time ago, but it’s been sitting on the shelf unwatched because of various, behind the scenes, businessy issues. Originally MGM was the group set to put this one out, but right before it could be released, that company went through a rather inconvenient bankruptcy problem. Since then, this and several of the studio’s other properties have just been out there, floating in the breeze, waiting for somebody to come along and scoop up the distribution rights and do something with them.

The last time we heard something about The Cabin in the Woods finally getting a release, it was that Lionsgate was close to inking a deal to get it in theaters. Happily, that deal seems to have finally been made as Lionsgate has officially announced this week that they have not only acquired the film, but they intend to put it out in theaters on April 13, 2012.

This can only be seen as a good move on Lionsgate’s part, because not only do they not have to pay to get this already made movie made, they also get the added guarantee of Whedon and Goddard collaborations being universally delightful, and a bonus prize that one of the film’s stars, Chris Hemsworth, has become a big star playing Thor in Marvel’s Avengers movies since he made this. That’s like a win, win, win. My only gripe with the new announcement is… 2012? Come on Lionsgate! You can’t at least do like a December 2011? April 2012 gives us way too much time for you to go bankrupt and put this one back up on the shelf. I’m not getting myself excited for this one again until I’m sitting in the theater.

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