Written by Patti Pauley
This may or may not bug the shit out of you. But either way, it’s confirmed by FOX and another Fly remake is coming.
If you find this news disturbing, feel free to throw up if you need to.
OK, now that you’ve had a moment to recover, let’s get right to it. According to Deadline, who not only broke the news that another remake of the beloved tragic love-horror story is in the works, but a director and co-writer is already in negotiations for the upcoming 20th Century FOX project. J.D. Dillard, whose directorial debut Sleight received a ton of praise at the Sundance Film Festival last year, is in talks to direct and co-write along with Alex Theurer the remake-remake. Dillard is currently about to begin production for his first horror/thriller film for Blumhouse entitled Sweetheart. So one can assume if he indeed grabs the reigns in another take of The Fly, it wont be until this project is completed.
The original 1958 Kurt Neumann film starred Vincent Price and spawned two sequels for the monster SyFy era of the late ’50s and early ’60s, The Return of the Fly, and The Curse of the Fly. The 1986 David Cronenberg masterpiece that starred Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis served as almost a teaching film for filmmakers everywhere basically stating, if you’re going to do a remake a film, this is how you do it. And he did it so perfectly that it remains as not only one of the best horror horror remakes ever, but one of the most beautiful horror films of all time. It’s quite rare when a remake outdoes its predecessor. However, in this case, I think its safe to say that although Neumann’s vision is legit excellent, Cronenberg stepped it up a notch in the horror department alongside Goldblum’s fantastic performance of Brundlefly.
Can Dillard live up to the challenge of making a third GREAT Fly film? Well, his resume is short but is excellent if you have indeed seen Sleight. So it’s quite possible you can set those barf bags on the side for now. I’m about as big of a Fly fan as one can be, so if I can get THREE superb Fly films, I’m all for it!