Cronenberg Takes Another Swat at The Fly

September 24, 2009

David Cronenberg, the man who horrified us with his 1986 remake of The Fly, has always said he's not interested in remaking the film again and had nothing to do with the 1989 sequel. Nothing like the passing of time to make a man eat his own words. That, and the prospect of another paycheck.

The Risky Biz blog informs us that Cronenberg, after putting together an opera of The Fly in Paris and Los Angeles, is suddenly interested in the prospect of a remake of his movie:

The 1986 title, itself a remake of Kurt Neumann's 1958 sci-fi classic, starred Jeff Goldblum and became a huge hit for Fox, earning $40 million and turning into a phenomenon. ...The project would represent a chance for Cronenberg to return to a film that helped establish his career, but to do so in the effects age, using techniques that weren't possible nearly a quarter-century ago.

While it's true that modern effects could make The Fly even more terrifying than the 1986 version, without Jeff Goldblum a lot of the weirdness of the movie would automatically disappear. Which isn't to say Goldblum won't be in it, but it's highly unlikely he'd agree to appear in it even if Cronenberg asked. Most actors who start out in sci-fi horror and work their way up to a respectable career rarely want to go back to their roots. There was a distinct lack of Goldblum, if you'll recall, in Jurassic Park 3.

The original film, the 1958 movie directed by Kurt Neumann, has come a long way. Fifty years later and it's still getting remade. And none of this would probably have happened if it weren't for the fact that Tom Cruise bailed on Cronenberg's last project in development, The Matarese Circle. He's apparently still attached to direct it, though it doesn't seem like it's going to get off the ground any time soon.

So should we be thanking Cruise for bringing about this set of circumstances? I, for one, am going to assume Cronenberg knows what he's doing and say, Yes, this is a fortunate turn of events.

If Goldblum signs on, that'll just be the icing on the cake.

Source: 20th Century Fox