David Cronenberg Talks About What His New ‘The Fly’ Would Have Been Like

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A little over a year ago it was revealed that Fox had ultimately decided not to move forward with David Cronenberg‘s proposed revisitation of The Fly.

At that time he didn’t seem all that into giving specifics on the project, offering only, “I wrote a script and at the moment Fox is not wanting to do the project.

Now he’s opened up a bit more to The Playlist about the aborted project stating, ““It wasn’t really a remake, it was more of a sequel or a sidebar. It was a meditation on fly-ness. None of the same characters or anything and, of course, with an understanding of modern technology. It was something I was very pleased with and it was a disappointment not to get it made… Again it was a budget problem, basically.

Too bad! We’ve seen projects come back from the dead before, but obviously it looks dire. Would you guys have been interested in this movie? Or was the 1986 masterpiece enough for you?

 
  • BabyJaneHudson

    The 1986 film still stands up today – I wouldn’t want to see a remake. I can see how what Cronenberg wanted to do would be very different – I have a feeling it would likely be more philosophical and art filmy from his description – perhaps a sparser, Eraserhead type vibe? Could be interesting, would be weird, doubt it would be a studio hit in today’s climate…

  • STRIK9

    I’m surprised Cronenberg wanted to revisit the fly whatsoever.He doesn’t seem like the type to revisit his old work and he seems like he has tons of ideas for other films.That ’86 one was gross as a muthafucka though lol!!

  • http://blog.funeraeldrone.se/ funeraeldrone

    I would have looked forward to it. As a pure sequel with new characters and new technology, it could have been pretty awesome. Then again, good films are always denied their existance. Hopefully Cronenberg can translate what he learned into a equally exciting project.

  • anezka

    I would totally watch a new The Fly movie, but I think that it is always very dangerous to do anything related with movies which are so remarkable as The Fly. Even a very good film can be a disappointment in this situation.

  • KILLDOZR

    A sidebar project might be pretty interesting from Cronenberg, since so much has been done within genetic medicine and on the human genome since this had been in theaters. But FOX treating it as some bidding frenzy makes me relieved to know they’re quashing it. There’s no reason anyone other than Cronenberg should be given the chance to re-imagine since he’s still clearly doing excellent work, unlike many other of his “master” director peers who peaked in the 80s/90s.

  • Evil_Flip

    strange, with the success of Prometheus you’d think a studio would be open to this.