October 31, 2011 1:12pm PT by Borys Kit
'Cabin Fever' Franchise Being Resurrected With Two Prequels
Cabin Fever is coming back, sans filmmaker Eli Roth.
The Indomina Group, the U.S. and Dominican Republic based producer and distributor, is resurrecting the horror franchise with the intent of producing and distributing two feature films.
Titled Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and Cabin Fever: Outbreak, the movies are planned for a back-to-back shoot spring 2012 in the Dominican Republic. Jake Wade Wall (The Hitcher) is writing Patient Zero while Adam and Deborah Marcus is penning Outbreak.
Original Cabin Fever producer Hypotenuse Pictures is producing the new movies. Indomina Group Vice Chairman and CEO Jasbinder Singh Mann will executive producer them.
Patient Zero will tell the origin of the flesh-eating virus unleashed in the 2002 original, and follow the passengers of a cruise ship in the Caribbean that collides with an abandoned research vessel. They must find a way to survive before the disease consumes them.
In Outbreak, a doctor and his family 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. The family is faced with responsibility to prevent a worldwide epidemic.
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“We see tremendous potential with the Cabin Fever franchise,” said Singh Mann in a statement. “We are committing to two new Cabin Fever films because there is a real demand from a devout fanbase – not just Cabin Fever die hards but a large and vocal group of horror fans around the world."
The franchise spawned a straight-to-home sequel in 2009 titled Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever.
The Indomina Group is partnering with Samuel L. Jackson to producer a live-action Afro Samurai film and recently acquired the rights to Life Without Principle, the latest film from Hong Kong action director Johnnie To. The company is coming off a successful releasing run of Tsui Hark’s Detective Dee and The Mystery of the Phantom Flame.