One of the most interesting projects on our radar is a remake of Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever, and it was back in October of last year that we learned the film will be using the very same script. An interesting experiment, to say the very least.
In an interview with IGN this week, Roth provided some clarification on the so-called shot-for-shot remake, revealing that it’s still going to be a very different experience – and he’s incredibly pleased with the results.
“They came to me exactly a year ago and said ‘We want to remake Cabin Fever using your original script,’” said Roth. “You’ve got to realize that from an egotistical point-of-view I wrote Cabin Fever when I was 22-years-old. Right out of university. And for six years everyone told me ‘This is an un-makeable piece of shit.’ So the fact that the same script would get made twice and that 20 years later, 20 years after I originally wrote it, it got sent around Hollywood and people were reading the same dialogue. I looked at it as like staging a play – as an experiment I just wanted to see how it would turn out. So I came on as one of the executive producers.”
“I saw the cut and thought that what Travis [Zariwny] did was so smart – he kept the original script, but he changed the deaths, so all the kills are different. You don’t know how they’re going to come. I was watching it, and he didn’t tell me that he did that and I was so happy he did – because nobody wants to see a re-do that’s the same thing that they already know. So he leads you in one direction, with the audience thinking that the know what’s coming, then puts a fantastic spin on it.”
“And it looks awesome – it’s a really fun movie,” Roth continued. “I’m happily surprised at how it’s turned out.”
The ‘reboot’ is currently in post-production, and should be headed our way real soon.
In the film, a group of five college graduates rent a remote cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals. As it spreads among the friends, their true feelings and personalities emerge as they struggle to survive the virus and each other.