Originally conceived as a short story by George Langelaan, #TheFly has become one of the seminal sci-fi/horror stories of our time, and now Fox may have finally found a team to help recreate the magic on their long-gesticulating remake. While David Cronenberg and Kurt Neumann helmed previous iterations of the film, this time #JDDillard is in talks to take over the director's chair, as well as reportedly co-writing the script with his partner, Alex Theurer.
Dillard is an up and coming auteur who has been on the verge of a breakout since the premiere of his upcoming film #Sleight. The action/sci-fi flick about a Los Angeles street magician premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to positive critical acclaim. Starring Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel and Dulé Hill, the film was picked up by Blumhouse Tilt for distribution this April.
For those who are unfamiliar, IMDb describes The Fly's plot as the story of "a brilliant but eccentric scientist [who] begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong." Sticking specifically to Cronenberg's version, the film became iconic for Jeff Goldblum's portrayal of the lead scientist, and combined with some revolutionary special effects, Cronenberg weaved a magnificent tale of horror and science fiction that rivals the subgenres greats. Both Neumann and Cronenberg's versions are worth checking out, and it's easy to see how they've informed plenty of horror and sci-fi films that have come since.
Dillard is currently in pre-production on another Blumhouse production, Sweetheart, which he also co-wrote with Theurer. Dillard's upcoming films will provide him plenty of experience touching on both science fiction and horror, but it's difficult to judge whether or not he's a suitable choice for The Fly prior to the wide release of his upcoming movies.
The Fly has already been done successfully twice, so any modern remake will need to put a new spin on the story to make it worthwhile for Fox to put this together. The Fly does not currently have a release date, but Sleight will be released in theaters next month, on April 28.
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