A few years back, David Cronenberg pitched an idea to remake (or sequelize) "The Fly," but, as it turns out, he hasn't been the only director to do so in recent years. Before Cronenberg got the itch, "The Apparition" director Todd Lincoln wanted to give it a shot.
In an interview with Moviehole, Lincoln discussed what his take would have looked like. Calling it "a dark, twisted, grounded re-imagining," the director insisted that it would be ""Part Val-Lewton, part J.G Ballard, part Neal Stephenson with some Horror Manga touches" that would have nothing to do with Cronenberg's own remake from 1986.
Instead, it would have been "an all new vision and direction, but still done with complete respect for all five other films and the original short story published in Playboy magazine that started it all."
Lincoln did say that his version would have veered more towards the original trio of films, as he affirmed his love for both "The Fly" (1958) and the bizarre third film, 1965's "Curse of the Fly." Furthermore, the director revealed that his film would obviously have someone turn into a fly, but "who becomes it, how they become it, and what happens, are all completely different."
He was also quick to note that he would have "done it all with practical effects," but his vision was "was too far out for the studio and they ended up deciding to do more of a straight remake/update of Cronenberg's Fly."
That never happened either, of course, even when Cronenberg himself pitched a film that he's now calling a "sequel" or a "sidebar" to his original.
Fox's hesitation to produce either one of these films feels like a missed opportunity; both sound much more intriguing than the standard-issue remakes that are often spit out by studios. Fox has done right by its genre and franchise films lately, though, so perhaps horror fans should hope that it'll have a change of heart and revisit one of these pitches in the future.
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