The remake stars Gage Golightly (“Teen Wolf”), Dustin Ingram (“Paranormal Activity 3”), Samuel Davis (TV’s “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Matthew Daddario and Nadine Crocker. It uses Roth’s original script, which follows a group of college students who rent a cabin for partying and fall victim to a flesh-eating virus.
The film started shooting this week in Portland, Ore. Cassian Elwes is executive producing along with Roth, Ike and Jaclyn Ann Suri, plus Peter Fruchtman and Gerald Fructman. Travis Zariwny (“Intruder”) is directing and Armory and Pelican Point Media are financing. Producers are Contend’s Evan Astrowsky — who produced the original film with Roth — and Armory Films’ Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros.
“Travis had an amazing vision for my original script, and, as a scary movie fan, I really wanted to see it,” Roth said. “I almost see this like re-staging a play, and I’m excited to see what ideas Travis and the cast bring to it.”
The original movie premiered at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival with Elwes involved in a bidding war. It wound up grossing $30 million worldwide. Voltage Pictures is handling international sales on the remake at next month’s American Film Market. Elwes and CAA are representing the domestic rights.
The filmmakers plan to give the late Susan Jackson, who executive produced the original, a “dedicated to” title at the end of the remake.