A New Remake of THE FLY Will Be Directed by SLEIGHT Helmer J.D. Dillard
A new remake of The Fly has been has been on the verge of happening for years. It looks like Fox is finally ready to move forward with it, and they are looking to hire director J.D. Dillard to take on the job. Dillard made his directorial debut with the fantastic film Sleight. He would not only direct The Fly, but he would also write it with his writing partner Alex Theurer.
The first version of The Fly was released in 1958 and came from director Kurt Neumann. That film was based on a short story of the same name by George Langelaan. In 1986 David Cronenberg released his version of the story, which is the one most of you are probably familiar with. The film starred Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis and was such an awesomely grotesque and disturbing movie! That was followed by two lackluster sequels called Return of the Fly and Curse of the Fly.
Dillard's version would, once again, retell the story of a scientist who, through a series of science experiments, ends up mutating into a nasty gooey human fly. I don't think that there's really any point in making another remake after what Cronenberg did, but you know how these Hollywood executives think. They're looking for a quick and easy cash grab with a fan base instead of trying something new.
Dillard definitely has talent as a director. His first film, Sleight, was such a great movie that followed a young street magician who uses his skills to become a superhero of sorts as he is out to protect and save his sister. That movie hasn't come out yet, but when it does on April 28th, you've gotta check it out!
Regardless of Dillard's skills as a filmmaker, seeing The Fly being remade again is disappointing. Maybe he'll be able to do something cool with it, but I'm not expecting it to be better than Cronenberg's film.
What do you all think about Fox wanting to proceed with their remake of The Fly?