The latest classic horror movie getting a remake is a personal favorite: The Fly! I first saw David Cronenberg’s body-horror masterpiece in 1986 at the age of 12; it was the same year Aliens hit theaters, and it cemented my future as an extreme Horror Freak. Here’s the scoop, reported exclusively on Deadline.
J.D. Dillard, whose directorial feature debut Sleight made waves in Sundance last year, is in negotiations to direct and co-write a remake of classic horror pic The Fly for Fox. He would pen the script with writing partner Alex Theurer.
There have long been rumors buzzing around that a remake of the story of a scientist who mutates into a grotesque human fly was on the horizon. David Cronenberg’s 1986 body-horror classic, which starred Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, is arguably considered one of the director’s best pieces of work. That film was a remake of the 1958 version, produced and directed by Kurt Neumann and based on a short story of the same name by George Langelaan, which was followed by two sequels: Return of the Fly and Curse of the Fly. Should the Dillard-Theurer deal make, it would really move the project, and potential franchise, forward for Fox.
Since this news just broke, we don’t have any additional details at this time. But you better believe we’ll be watching this one closely as it develops. Stay tuned! And check out the trailer and synopsis for 1986’s The Fly below that. Are you excited about a series based on The Fly? Sound off in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: Considered fairly gruesome in its day, the original 1958 The Fly looks like Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood compared to this 1986 remake. Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis star as Seth Brundle, a self-involved research scientist, and Veronica Quaife, a science-magazine reporter. Inviting Veronica to his lab, Seth prepares to demonstrate his telepod, which can theoretically transfer matter through space. As they grow closer over the next few weeks, she inadvertently goads Seth into experimenting with human beings rather than inanimate objects. Seth himself enters the telepod, preparing to transmit himself through the ether — but he doesn’t know that he is sharing the telepod with a tiny housefly.