J.D. Dillard is in talks to write and direct a new remake of ‘The Fly’

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Once again 20th Century Fox is trying to get another remake of The Fly off the ground, and is in negotiations with up-and-coming director J.D. Dillard to helm the project.

Dillard previously directed the street magician drama Sleight which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year and is scheduled for release in the US by WWE Studios and Blumhouse next month.

If the deal works out, Dillard would direct the film from a script by him and his Sleight collaborator Alex Theurer. Dillard is currently in pre-production of the horror-thriller Sweetheart for Blumhouse.

The original The Fly was based on a short story by George Langelaan and released in 1958 and co-starred the legendary Vincent Price and told the story of a scientist who mutates into a human fly after his atoms acidentally mix with one in his transportation machine. It was followed by two sequels, Return of the Fly and Curse of the Fly.

In 1986 David Cronenberg directed a remake starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. This version was a lot more graphical in nature and showed Goldblum’s scientist slowly mutating into a grotesque monster. The film was acclaimed for its makeup effects, Goldblum’s performance and the tragic love story, as well as seen as a metaphor for AIDS at the time. A sequel directed by Chris Walas was released in 1989.

Back in 2009 Fox was looking to develop another remake the property, and Cronenberg got involved and wrote a “sort of sequel” that didn’t move forward because despite liking the script the studio wanted a more low-budget approach.

It’s too bad that we didn’t get to see that movie, and Cronenberg seemed to be very excited about, but I’m curious about the direction the new remake would take, and if it happens I hope is just as inventive and daring as Cronenberg’s version.