David Cronenberg’s The Fly has been on the remake block for at least a couple of years now, along with several other Cronenberg flicks including Videodrome and Scanners (much to the dismay of horror fans everywhere). This week, however, THR’s Risky Biz Blog brings us word that Fox may have finally found a director for the remake that fans can actually get behind: David Cronenberg himself!
That’s right, despite the fact that Cronenberg had previously stated that he had no desire to take part in a remake (he wasn’t involved in The Fly II either), he has apparently had a change of heart. Did his recent work on a Paris opera adaptation of The Fly rekindle some interest?
A lot of people are grouping this in as part of a new trend where directors have been remaking their own work; for example, Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, and Takashi Shimizu’s The Grudge. However, the difference is that in those cases, the movie was being adapted into a different language. To me, this seems a little bit redundant, unless Cronenberg for some reason isn’t happy with how the original turned out. What do you think, is this a good move or a bad move for David Cronenberg? Would you like to see other directors remake their own films, or should they step aside and let someone else take a crack at it?