That Cabin Fever remake is actually happening, but not in the way one might expect. It’s being reported that the film will go into production this week in Portland, Oregon, but there’s no mention of a screenwriter. Why? Because director Travis Zariwny will be working with the exact same script that Eli Roth and Randy Pearlstein co-penned for the 2002 edition.
Hit the jump for more on how that will work and to check out the new crop of 20-somethings that will face off against the notorious flesh-eating virus.
According to Deadline, this new rendition of Cabin Fever will star Gage Golightly of Teen Wolf, Paranormal Activity 3’s Dustin Ingram, Exists’ Samuel Davis, Matthew Daddario of When the Game Stands Tall and Nadine Crocker. Just like the original, they’ll rent a cabin in the woods and come in contact with a wicked virus that eats away at their skin.
That original concept was loads of fun and spawned two other films, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever and Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, but is that enough of a reason to use the same script again? Roth thinks so:
“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.”
Admittedly, the whole “re-staging” approach is intriguing, but really, how could it possibly work? The industry has a hard enough time delivering worthy remakes using scripts that incorporate moderately original ideas. How can this movie surprise and scare fans who know exactly what’s coming?