Back in October there was the sudden news that a Cabin Fever was not only being planned, but that it had actually started principal photography! With a director, cast and even Eli Roth (director of the original film) onboard as executive producer, the news took the horror community by surprise.
Tonights news may also surprise you as Roth has discussed the remake, which is now finished, and he says it is very good indeed. In an interview with IGN, Roth also talked about how director Travis Zariwny has put a unique spin on the film, something Roth did not know about, but was very excited to see.
“It’s great. And I’m saying that honestly,” Roth told IGN. “I saw it and I was blown away. I couldn’t believe it. Travis Zariwny the director did a fantastic job.
“They came to me exactly a year ago and said ‘We want to remake Cabin Fever using your original script.’ You’ve got to realise that from an egotistical point-of-view I wrote Cabin Fever when I was 22-years-old. Right out of university. And for six years everyone told me ‘This is an un-makeable piece of shit.’ So the fact that the same script would get made twice and that 20 years later, 20 years after I originally wrote it, it got sent around Hollywood and people were reading the same dialogue. I looked at it as like staging a play – as an experiment I just wanted to see how it would turn out. So I came on as one of the executive producers – I was actually shooting “South of Hell,” the TV show, so I was unable to be there during the shoot.”
Roth then described the changes made here so that the remake doesn’t turn into a scene for scene copy of the original film:
“I saw the cut and thought that what Travis did was so smart – he kept the original script, but he changed the deaths, so all the kills are different,” Roth reveals. “You don’t know how they’re going to come. I was watching it, and he didn’t tell me that he did that and I was so happy he did – because nobody wants to see a re-do that’s the same thing that they already know. So he leads you in one direction, with the audience thinking that the know what’s coming, then puts a fantastic spin on it.
“And it looks awesome – it’s a really fun movie. I’m happily surprised at how it’s turned out.”
Here’s the press release from October, announcing the Cabin Fever remake:
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.