By now I think we all know how this works. A promising young director debuts his first movie at Sundance or a similar film festival and starts to get noticed. His movie gets picked up for distribution and starts to build some buzz. Hollywood studios smell some new talent that they can hire for peanuts and keep on a leash while also earning street cred, so they recruit them to direct their next big blockbuster. That blockbuster ultimately fails, the director gets blamed, and they end up in rehab for drug addiction while their career implodes. (Okay, maybe not that last part.) Anyway, J.D. Dillard, director of last year’s Sundance hit Sleight is apparently looking to remake The Fly for Fox. This news is totally unrelated to my previous rant. Hit the jump to get the full scoop.
According to Deadline, J.D. Dillard is in negotiations to direct and co-write a remake of The Fly for Fox. Dillard’s street magic superhero sci-fi thriller Sleight was acquired at Sundance last year by WWE Studios and Blumhouse Productions, who will release it in theatres next month. He is also directing another upcoming horror movie for Blumhouse called Sweetheart, and Dillard’s co-writer and producer on both films, Alex Theurer, will co-write The Fly with him.
The original 1958 version of The Fly was directed by Kurt Neumann and starred Vincent Price. David Cronenberg later remade it in 1986 with Jeff Goldblum and many still consider it to be one of his best films. There were rumours a few years back that Cronenberg might actually remake the movie again himself, but that no longer appears to be the case. Although I haven’t seen any of Dillard’s work yet, I think it goes without saying that Cronenberg’s version will be a tough act to follow. Do you have any interest in a new version of The Fly?