I wasn’t fond of Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever when I first saw it, and I blame the hype engine for raising my expectations too high. However, on second watch I really loved it, and the film now sits proudly in my DVD collection. Am I up for a remake? No, not really, but now hearing the news that original Cabin Fever director Roth is onboard to executive produce the remake, I am curious.
Even more shocking is that out of nowhere the film has a cast, director, writer and amazingly principal photography has already begun!
Here is the press release with all the gory details:
Voltage Pictures will commence international sales at AFM on the Cabin Fever remake – shot entirely from Eli Roth’s original script that sparked his 2002 horror breakout.
Armory Films and Pelican Point Media are financing the story of college students partying in a cabin who fall prey to a flesh-eating virus. Travis Zariwny will direct.
The film, to be reshot from the original 2002 version by Eli Roth and Randy Pearlstein, stars Gage Golightly (“Teen Wolf”), Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3), Samuel Davis (“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series:), Matthew Daddario (Delivery Man), and Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl). Cabin Fever will be produced by Contend’s Evan Astrowsky, (who also produced the original film with Roth) and Armory Films’ Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros.
Cassian Elwes will executive produce along with Roth, Ike Suri and Jaclyn Ann Suri, and Peter Fruchtman. The film has begun principal photography this week in Portland, Oregon. Voltage Pictures is handling international sales on the film at the upcoming American Film Market. Cassian Elwes and CAA are representing the domestic rights.
Cabin Fever follows in Eli Roth’s original footsteps when a group of college students, who rent a cabin in the woods to do some partying, begin to fall victim to a flesh-eating virus and all hell breaks loose.
The original premiered at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival with Elwes involved in a massive bidding war for the film. This version will be shot from the exact same script that Roth directed 13 years ago, as opposed to going through a long, delayed studio development process.
“Travis had an amazing vision for my original script, and as a scary movie fan I really wanted to see it. I almost see this like re-staging a play, and I’m excited to see what ideas Travis and the cast bring to it. They’re all fans of the original and want to make a film that’s a new classic, and I believe they will,” said Roth.
Roth is best known for his work directing the original Cabin Fever as well as genre hits Hostel and Hostel II and his latest effort, The Green Inferno, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Additionally, the filmmakers plan to give the recently deceased Susan Jackson, who executive produced the original, a “dedicated to” title at the end of the film.
The pic takes the reins from a pair of ill-received sequels to Cabin Fever, which grossed $30.6M worldwide: 2009’s Cabin Fever: Spring Fever, directed by Ti West, and the Sean Astin-starring prequel Cabin Fever: Patient Zero which came out this February. Neither involved Roth.