A remake of The Fly is circling a start at Fox.
The studio is looking at developing a remake of the sci-fi horror tale that was taken to the screen in Kurt Neumann’s 1958 film starring David Hedison, Patricia Owens and Vincent Price. David Cronenberg crafted a memorable body-horror remake in 1986 with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis as leads.
According to Deadline, Fox has entered negotiations with up-and-coming filmmaker J.D. Dillard to take the helm of The Fly remake. Dillard is in talks to direct the film and co-write the screenplay with his writing partner, Alex Theuerer.
The story tells of a scientist who begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
Dillard has been making waves with his feature directorial debut, Sleight, which had its debut at Sundance last year. The film tells of a young street magician (Jacob Latimore) who is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save his kidnapped sister. WWE Studios and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse acquired the film after its successful Sundance screening and has lined it up for US release on April 28.
Assuming all goes well in these negotiations, Dillard will be crafting a potential franchise starter for Fox. After all, the original ’58 film spawned two sequels – Return of the Fly and Curse of the Fly – and Cronenberg’s feature was followed up with the ’89 Chris Walas-directed sequel The Fly II.
But before Dillard potentially tackles The Fly, we’ll be seeing what he delivers with the Blumhouse-produced horror film Sweetheart. Dope and Transparent actress Kiersey Clemons stars in the film, which is currently in pre-production.
Here’s the trailer for Dillard’s Sleight:
And to refresh your memory, here’s the trailer for Cronenberg’s The Fly: