Eli Roth’s 2002 horror comedy Cabin Fever has already been remade. We even exclusively shared the first image (see below) from the film that used Roth and Randy Pearlstein’s exact same shooting script.
Starring Gage Golightly (“Teen Wolf”), Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3), Samuel Davis (“From Dusk Till Dawn” – TV), Matthew Daddario (Delivery Man) and Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl), Cabin Fever 2.0 is now in post production and could be coming sooner than you expect. In fact Roth has seen it, and was “blown away.”
Promoting his production Clown, out now in the UK, Roth spoke about how much he liked the new Cabin Fever.
“It’s great. And I’m saying that honestly,” exclaims Roth to 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.”
And although it’s the exact same screenplay, Roth reveals there are some significant changes he calls “smart”.
“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.”
In this reboot a group of five college graduates rent a remote cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals. As it spreads among the friends, their true feelings and personalities emerge as they struggle to survive the virus and each other.
Watch for release news as it comes in.