David Cronenberg Remaking His Classic 1986 Film THE FLY For 20th Century Fox

     September 23, 2009

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Every day I read the latest film news and every couple of days there is always that one story which confuses me and makes me say “what.” out loud.  I look forward to these news items just because I find them more fun than the average news item.  Having said all that, I never thought that I would come home one of these days to see news pop out saying that David Cronenberg would be remaking his 1986 version of “The Fly” starring Jeff Goldblum.  This all just confuses me so much because how could you make something that is already perfect better?  If you are just as confused/fascinated as I am about this one, just hit the jump for more details.

THR’s Risky Buisness Blog tells us that the Canadian master of all things weird and fucked up will be developing a reboot of his film with Fox.  Yes,  I cringed too when I read that last sentence.  Cronenberg will be directing the film and potentially writing it too even though the director has said in the past that he did not want to be involved with a remake of the film.  He has, however, worked on a so awesome sounding opera version of “The Fly” that was composed by Howard Shore and was staged in both Paris and Los Angeles.

To those of you that don’t know, Cronenberg’s “The Fly” was already a remake of the 1958 sci-fi classic starring Vincent Price.  Cronenberg’s take starred Jeff Goldblum as a scientist who begins to slowly transform into a giant fly after an experiment with teleportation goes bad.  If you haven’t experienced the joy of seeing Jeff Goldblum in his prime eating a donut he just vomited, walking on his roof, or breaking a guy’s wrist bone in an arm wrestling match, then you just haven’t seen one of the best horror/sci-fi films from the 80’s.  If you haven’t seen the film then I bet you have at least probably seen the pretty great Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror episode that parodied the film.

I think that you can tell that I’m both a big fan of Cronenberg and his take on “The Fly”, but it’s really not my Cronenberg fanboy inside speaking when I say that I don’t get why this is happening at all.  The film holds up perfectly well and even though I can sadly see why Hollywood and Fox would want to reboot or remake the film, I just don’t get why Cronenberg would want to.  THR says that the project would represent a chance for Cronenberg to return to his film and update it with modern day special effects, but I just don’t buy it.

I don’t really have a theory or an explanation for this one and that is why I’m interested in seeing where it goes.  The only theory that I can come up with is that maybe Cronenberg is doing this one for the money so that he can finance a personal project, but the director’s transition to more “mainstream affair” with his past two films (“A History of Violence”, “Eastern Promises”) makes me believe that we are not going to see another “Videodrome” or “Naked Lunch” anytime soon.  Plus, Cronenberg was recently attached to direct an adaptation of “The Matarese Circle” by Robert Ludlum that was going to star Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise as two rival spies.  I don’t know which will come first now, but I’m hoping for “The Matarese Circle” since it’s Cronenberg directing a spy movie and that is just cool.

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