This could either be a very interesting experiment or it could go horribly wrong. Eli Roth joins the remake of his 2002 directorial debut, Cabin Fever, as executive producer, Variety reports. Cameras start rolling this weekend and this time around the film with be directed by Travis Zariwny, who has a feature in post-production called Intruder and will star Gage Golightly, Dustin Ingram, Samuel Davis, Matthew Daddario, and Nadine Crocker.
The part of this news that is interesting is that the remake is using the original film’s script, about a group of college students that become infected with a flesh eating virus while staying in a cabin in the woods. Fangoria quotes Roth as saying; “Travis had an amazing vision for my original script,” Roth says, “and as a scary movie fan I really wanted to see it. I almost see this like restaging 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.”
The way he puts it is nice and all, but we have seen a remake use the original’s script and they gave the world a gift it couldn’t return with Gus Van Sant’s Psycho in 1998.
Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, the third entry in the series and a prequel to the original was released earlier this year and just became available to stream on Netflix.