A few weeks back, we reported that a remake of The Fly was in the works, with 20th Century Fox eyeing the film for a potential horror franchise. Relative newcomer J.D. Dillard is in talks to direct the film, which he’s currently tackling along with his writing partner Alex Theurer. While the film is hardly a sure thing at this point, Dillard is extremely excited about the prospect, and he has some huge aspirations. He aims to create a film that’s a horror movie, a blockbuster, and an emotional drama all in one.
He discussed his goals in a recent interview with /Films:
“We really want to make sure we are following a beating heart first and foremost. Anywhere we go it’s coming from that point of view, just that we want the beating heart of the story be our North star. And then action, fun and scale can be piled on, but I’ve started to realize my dream film experience is something with big scale that can also make me cry. And not cry for nostalgia, but to be emotionally moved. I want to be really gutted emotionally and feel something but also all the pieces from a blockbuster are there too. That’s the gap that I would love to find a way to close.”
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In David Cronenberg’s 1986 adaptation of The Fly: When scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly’s cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle’s girlfriend (Geena Davis) is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster.
As for the director’s debut film, Sleight: It’s set to arrive in US Theaters on April 28th. Check out the trailer, synopsis, and poster below.
Official Synopsis: After his mother’s death, a young street magician turns to dealing drugs at parties to support his little sister. When she is kidnapped by his supplier, he uses his sleight of hand and keen intelligence to find her. The film stars Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, and Dulé Hill, and has been described as fantasy, sci-fi, action, and drama.