Eli Roth’s CABIN FEVER was a big hit in many ways. It gained a large cult following plus it launched the career of Roth. But aside from a direct-to-DVD sequel, it never became the franchise that some had hoped for.
It might not be too late. The Indomina Group has announced that it is filming two back-to-back prequels in early 2012. CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO, written by Jake Wade Wall, and CABIN FEVER: OUTBREAK, written by Adam and Deborah Marcus, will shoot in the Dominican Republic in the Spring. No directors are attached.
For those who don’t remember, the original CABIN FEVER was about a group of young friends whose camping trip in the woods turns into a bloody mess when they all catch a flesh-eating virus. What a bummer, huh? CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO will be about “a cruise ship in the Caribbean collides with an abandoned research vessel, a deadly virus is unleashed.” As for CABIN FEVER: OUTBREAK, it’ll follow “a doctor and his family [who] travel to a remote Caribbean island to investigate a minor flu outbreak, only to discover a vicious flesh-eating virus that threatens everyone on the island.” It seems like the two films will be related but we don’t know how much they will tie together.
While I got a kick out of CABIN FEVER, these prequels seem somewhat silly. The plots are so far removed from the original that they’re not really prequels at all, rather stories that have something in common. That being said, a cruise ship full of flesh-eating virus victims sounds pretty fun.