David Cronenberg to Direct His Own Remake of The Fly


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?

  • bickle

    will this make the fly the most remade movie?

    This will be the third Fly.

  • Frank

    I trust Cronenberg to do it more than anyone else I can possibly think of, so give him a shot. Why not?

  • I really don’t see how a remake could be better than the Cronenberg original. Even if he makes it himself we won’t get the great performance by Jeff Goldblum or the amazing practical effects and make-up. I’ve got no interest in seeing a CG fly.

    And yeah, “a remake won’t affect the original movie in any way”, but why not spend the time and money making a NEW Cronenberg monster movie? That’s what I’d like to see.

  • Bill Gibron

    This is why I hate Hollywood hacks, and their un original remakes, homages, prequels and sequels.

    Cronenberg drop your stinking rotting head in shame for this!

    Looks like cinema is officially dead.

  • Mike

    @ bickle

    What about King Kong? Or A Christmas Carol?

  • kyriacos

    i love this movie…
    but i cant see how it can get any better..
    its going to be just another cash grab

  • Jack Mackerel

    You knew it was only a matter of time before this actually happened. Personally, I’m goddam tired of remakes, reboots and 15 year later sequels – 99% of them are so blatantly just about the $ and playing it “safe” it makes me sick. I have a hard time not letting shitty remakes taint the originals for me (that fuck George Lucas being the worst culprit) So if it’s going to happen regardless, I guess that it might as well be Cronenberg. Why the hell not? I just hope he brings something fresh to an already kickass film.

  • Mason

    He should remake it as a Japanese movie. In Tokyo, all Japanese cast, speaking in Japanese. Like those other directors who remade their own movies, but the opposite.

  • Marc

    Let’s face it, this is a chance for Cronenberg to cash in, plain and simple! What a shame and a waste of talent.

  • Machete

    I just need to see a great movie remake of a remake or not.