Sean Astin has appeared in countless films and television shows since his breakout role in the 1985 cult-classic The Goonies. Now, the actor – best known as loyal Sam Gamgee in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy – has signed on to another franchise.
Astin has joined the cast of Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, the prequel/reboot of the Cabin Fever franchise. According to a press release, the film will follow a bachelor party cruise that stumbles upon a medical research island, likely the point of origin for the flesh-eating virus from the previous films. Former comic book artist Kaare Andrews, who made his feature debut with the 2010 thriller Altitude, will direct the film, while Jake Wade Wall (The Hitcher and When a Stranger Calls remakes) is writing the script.
Here’s the key paragraph from the press release:
Production on Indomina's Cabin Fever: Patient Zero will commence on August 13th in the Dominican Republic with a cast that includes Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings franchise, The Goonies), Brando Eaton (Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Born to Race) and Ben Hollingsworth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, The Joneses). Renowned comic book artist, turned director, Kaare Andrews, is directing.
Plans are also underway for a fourth film in the series, entitled Cabin Fever: Outbreak. While it has not yet been confirmed, it’s possible that both of these films will go straight to video, as did the poorly received Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever in 2009.
With his fanboy cred and genuine acting chops, Astin is a smart choice for the producers to nab for Patient Zero. One still can’t help but wonder if the film will turn out to be anything other than another needless prequel. After all, both the series’ previous directors – Eli Roth and Ti West – have moved on to bigger and better projects with The Green Inferno and V/H/S, respectively, and fans of the series have already been burned by one disappointing sequel.
However, perhaps the producers believe that Andrews can bring something fresh to the table. Only time will tell if the Cabin Fever series can be revitalized, but adding a well-known talent like Astin is definitely a good sign.
Cabin Fever: Patient Zero is shooting this fall in the Dominican Republic, likely for a 2013 release.
Source: Fear Net