God knows I love me some David Cronenberg, and I most certainly love The Fly, his 1986 remake of the classic Vincent Price horror flick. Apparently he loves it, too. He loves it so much he’s going to do it again!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cronenberg is in talks with Fox to write and maybe direct a reboot of the franchise. This is after he had previously said that he did not want to be involved in any Fly remake.
This could be cool. I guess we’ve already seen Cronenberg make The Fly but is anyone really opposed to seeing it again? I can only imagine what strange actor he’ll dig out to do this one in Jeff Goldblum’s stead. (If his recent films are any indication, he might go with Viggo Mortensen.)
Maybe I’m living in my own little bubble here where the 1986 version of The Fly is one of the greatest horror films of all time, but I just can’t see this movie not being a huge hit if it winds up back in Cronenberg’s hands. This is the coolest news since it was announced that Ridley Scott would be directing the Alien prequel (although, we’ll see how that goes…).
Cronenberg is slowly getting more and more mainstream. A History of Violence was fairly accessible, as was Eastern Promises, kinda. But between this and the upcoming Matarese Circle, which he’s making with Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington, it seems like Cronenberg is really starting to get his mass appeal.