According to TMZ, the answer may be yes.
A writer named Peter Gallagher is claiming the similarities between the hit film and his book, "The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines," are just too spot-on to be an accident.
A few of the similarities that Gallagher is claiming are:
Features 5 friends (3 men and 2 women), all aged between 17-22
The names of the girls in the novel are Julie and Dura; in the film, Jules and Dana
Each involves the groups going to a Cabin in the Woods, and features a major twist that the 5 characters are actually being manipulated by outside forces
Peter Gallagher has even gone so far as to file a lawsuit against Joss Whedon and his co-writer/director Drew Goddard. He's seeking damages in excess of $10 million.
Could this actually be true? I'm a huge fan of the film, but I'm also depressingly cynical sometimes. Us movie fans, especially horror movie fans, love to moan about the lack of originality coming out of Hollywood, so I'm never one to dismiss allegations like this out of hand; even when it involves respected filmmakers like Joss Whedon.
I guess time will tell. Maybe Peter Gallagher will ultimately turn out to be a nut looking for an easy payday, but until then it looks like Whedon and Goddard have a big fight on their hands.
This could be a story to watch.