Fox is in early talks with director J.D. Dillard to remake The Fly, David Cronenberg’s 1986 horror film which itself was a remake of Vincent Price’s 1958 film.
According to the report over at The Tracking Board, the agreement between Fox and Dillard is much more advanced that early talks, but let’s just wait and see. The report also promises that “Dillard and his Sleight co-writer Alex Theurer will script the horror remake, which has Fox execs buzzing about its potential new direction,” and “[T]his will not be your daddy’s Fly, trust me.”
That might be the most ridiculous part of this story. It won’t be your daddy’s Fly? Well, I am a father, and MY version of The Fly is Cronenberg’s remake, one of the finest sci-fi horror films ever made. Yes, it was a remake itself, but it superseded the original in almost every conceivable way. I have a tough time believing this new version will be able to top Cronenberg’s incredible vision.
It’s a strange stance, to try and say the other versions of The Fly need a new interpretation after the original was a solid camp horror film and the second a seminal work of body-horror art. I suppose none of that matters either way, because it looks like we’re getting a third version.