Cabin Fever is being remade, just 12 years after Eli Roth's original horror film was first released. And according to Deadline, the folks behind the new version aren't even really trying to do anything to differentiate it from the original, since they're using the exact same script by Roth and Randy Pearlstein as the blueprint for the update.
Cabin Fever put Roth on the map in 2002 and established him as a horror filmmaker to watch. The movie followed a group of college students who rent an isolated cabin in the woods and fall prey one by one to a flesh-eating virus. It was a derivative mix of horror and black comedy, but proudly so; Roth wore his influences and his unabashed love of horror on his sleeve like medals of honor. The movie became a cult hit and spawned two pretty dreadful sequels, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever and Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero.
Roth is not directing the remake -- that duty falls to someone named Travis Zariwny -- but he is apparently on board as an executive producer and ready to cheerlead for the project, saying, "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."
I have to say that on some level this makes little sense. For one thing, the original movie is just 12 years old and still relatively fresh in fans' minds. But, more importantly, if a remake is supposed to at least attempt some new twist or fresh angle to make it a valid alternative to the original, how do you justify using the very same script that was shot the first time around?
Someone seems to like the idea: The movie starts shooting this week in Portland, Ore., with a cast that includes Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf), Dustin Ingram, Samuel Davis, Matthew Daddario and Nadine Crocker. No word yet on distribution or a release date. What do you make of the idea of redoing Cabin Fever already?