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Director Eli Roth made a bloody splash with his 2002 debut film 'Cabin Fever.' It was the story of a group of friends who venture to a cabin in the woods (like you do) and are ravaged by a flesh-eating virus. A sequel followed in 2009, but was interfered with and largely butchered by the studio. Back in November, it was announced that The Indomina Group was working on not one, but two prequels to the film: 'Cabin Fever: Patient Zero,' and 'Cabin Fever: Outbreak.' Now it seems as if Sean Astin ('The Lord of the Rings' trilogy) will be starring in 'Cabin Fever: Patient Zero.' The plot here is that a Caribbean bachelor party cruise runs ashore of an island harboring a medical research lab. Viruses are released, mayhem and grisly death ensue. 'Cabin Fever: Patient Zero' will be directed by comic book artist Kaare Andrews from a script by Jake Wade Wall ('The Hitcher').
Yeah, Rudy's getting more work! I like Astin a lot, and one of his greatest strengths is that he's so damned likable that audiences usually develop empathy for him rather quickly. That may seem like paltry praise, but in a horror movie the key to developing suspense is to make your audience care whether characters live or die. I have no doubt we'll be rooting for Samwise to make it out alive...although he probably won't. So we've got the skinny on the first 'Cabin Fever' prequel, can't wait to hear what the second one's all about. Oh wait, yes I can, because this is dumb. The simultaneously working on two prequels just screams direct-to-video to me and I'll be very surprised if we see either of these in theaters. As much as I want to dismiss the plot for taking place on a ship instead of in the woods, there are still technically cabins on a ship so it's not a bad narrative change. Still not happy about the writer here, and I wonder what the rationale was in bringing on a comic book author to direct. I'm not saying Andrews can't surprise us and do a great job, it just seems odd.
What do you guys think? Do you like the idea of Astin boarding this project? Is anyone excited for these prequels in the first place?