Although 2002’s “Cabin Fever” didn’t exactly blow critics away with its gore fest approach, some will agree that there is a place for it in the Blue-ray collection of the twisted minds. Majority of horror geeks will also agree, irrespective if they liked the original film or not, that a reboot is definitely unnecessary. There is however one good reason to be excited about the announcement that a reboot for the franchise is expected. The new film will have director and writer of the original, Eli Roth on board as executive producer to assist with the project.
Roth has been a key driver in the productions of some of the most twisted films to hit the silver screen in the last 10 years. His credits include the likes of “Hostel”, “Hostel 2”, “The Last Exorcism”, “Aftershock”, “The Green Inferno” and “Clown”. It is safe to assume that a Cabin reboot under the watchful eye of Roth could be something worth keeping on the radar. It is unfortunate that two disappointing films were made after the 2002 original. “Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever “ is a straight to DVD release produced in 2009, and a prequel to the original film “Cabin Fever: Patient Zero released this year. Needless to say, both films were not received well and hopefully the reboot will not follow the same route.
“Cabin Fever (2015)” is scheduled to begin shooting in Portland, Oregon this week, from the same exact script that Roth wrote together with Randy Pearlstein for the 2002 movie. Travis Zariwny, best known for his work on “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)”, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)” and “Green Street Hooligans 2 (2009)” is tapped to direct. The reboot will star Gage Golightly, Dustin Ingram, Samuel Davis, Matthew Daddario and Nadine Crocker. Roth will executive produce with Cassian Elwes, Ike and Jaclyn Ann Suri, and Peter Fruchtman.
Roth is confident about Zariwny’s involvement 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”
Will this merely be a regurgitation of a horror movie while paying homage to genre conventions that has been played out the last decade? Any horror geeks out there want to weigh in on this one?