It was 2002’s indie horror tale “Cabin Fever” that announced the arrival on the scene of filmmaker Eli Roth. Roth’s subsequent two “Hostel” films earned a reputation for torture porn and maybe taking the sadism too far.
Yet “Cabin Fever” still holds a decent reputation for not just the ick factor – such as the infamous leg shaving scene – but its absurdist comedy moments as well. It was a refreshing film in that there wasn’t a killer stalking this group of teens in the woods but rather a really nasty flesh-eating virus.
With two forgotten DTV sequels under its belt, Armory Films and Pelican Point Media decided earlier this year to reboot the property. Today, The Wrap reports that Eli Roth is returning for the new “Cabin Fever” and will serve as executive producer.
There’s more though, it turns out the reboot will be a direct remake with Roth and Randy Pearlstein’s original script for the first film being reused. Travis Zariwny is taking over the helm of the project which is currently shooting in Portland, Oregon. Roth has given a statement 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.”
The cast of the new “Cabin Fever” includes Gage Golightly, Dustin Ingram, Samuel Davis, Matthew Daddario and Nadine Crocker. Evan Astrowsky is returning as producer as well.