The Fly reboot in development at Fox

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The Fly was one of the best horrors of the 80s. David Cronenberg’s story of a brilliant but eccentric scientist who mutates into a fly-human hybrid after an experiment gone wrong was an incredible mix of clever sic-fi and slow building terror as you watched Jeff Goldblum transform into a human fly. The Fly was also a remake of a 1958 Kurt Neumann film.

So, I guess it’s fitting that the film is now getting another remake. Deadline reports that the remake is currently in development at Fox with J.D. Dillard (Sleight) in talks to direct the film and write the script alongside Alex Theurer. The plan is reportedly to tell the story in a modern way and make it appeal to a younger market. What that entails and means, I have no idea. Perhaps the studio secretly thinks that if the last remake was a lot more successful than the original film, then perhaps this remake could be even more successful.

One thing I would like to see in a modern retelling of this story is the improved visual effects. The 1986 featured some incredible use of make-up for its time and even won an Oscar for Best Makeup. In today’s world of computer animation and motion capture however, I’d imagine they could recreate a lot of this better digitally and make it look even more frightening and convincing.

Having a relative newcomer such as Dillard work on the film could be seen as a risk, but the director’s debut film Sleight was incredibly well received and showed he had talent to craft a gripping story that is also visually appealing, something which would certainly work for this remake.

The Fly will definitely look to reboot the story from a fresh perspective and not try and act as a sequel in any way, which is probably a good thing because The Fly actually did have a sequel, The Fly 2, and it was awful, so I’d prefer not to talk about it.

No word yet on any planned release dates for the film, but I guess before they can start thinking about that – they need to find a star for the film. The Fly helped blast Jeff Goldblum into the big time. Perhaps it could do the same for someone else. Who do you think could be cast as The Fly in this remake?

Last Updated: March 15, 2017

Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be discovering the cure for aids or finding ways to achieve world peace, but I'd rather be watching movies and writing here instead.

  • MonsterCheddar

    REBOOTS EVERY FUCKING WHERE.

    What happened to originality????

  • Original Heretic

    They should cast Shia Lebeouf. He looks like the kind of guy who would happily go and sit on a turd and start rubbing his hands together in glee.

    • konfab

      LOL.

      That if he recovers from his loss at the greatest game of capture the flag ever.

  • Captain JJ

    Oh ef off with the bloody reboots. Clearly creativity in movies is dead. They couldn’t even give Star Wars Ep VII its own story.

    • konfab

      William Faulkner’s Nobel acceptance speech rings as true as it did in 1949:

      Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: When will I be blown up? Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat.

      He must learn them again. He must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed – love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice. Until he does so, he labors under a curse. He writes not of love but of lust, of defeats in which nobody loses anything of value, of victories without hope and, worst of all, without pity or compassion. His griefs grieve on no universal bones, leaving no scars. He writes not of the heart but of the glands.

  • Skyblue

    I actually re-watched this several weeks ago and my Mrs happened to stroll in and got immediately pissed at me that I never told her I was going to watch it because she loves it as well. Just like The Thing (1982), Carpenter’s work is still a joy to behold even with aging effects.

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