26.09.05 - The Fly should not be remade, Cronenberg's opinion
Wow, two bits of good news regarding needless remakes, this time Cronenberg speaks his mind about the notion of remaking his remake.
When I interviewed David Cronenberg yesterday (for A History of Violence, not a horror movie) there was a bit of downtime while the crew was getting the cameras ready to roll, so I took the moment to let him know about our Fly and Fly II sweepstakes and asked him the same question I’ve asked all of you: “Who should star in the upcoming 2006 remake?” Cronenberg very matter-of-factly said, “I don’t think it should be remade. So there’s your answer: No one.”
Far be it from me to point out to the preeminent auteur that his own 1986 version of The Fly was a remake (of a 1958 film starring David Hedison and Vincent Price). And besides, I have to agree with him… Cronenberg’s The Fly is really the ultimate telling of the terrifying tale of technology gone terribly wrong.
Perhaps Cronenberg will get his wish. Not much has happened since the new Fly remake was announced two years ago by Fox Searchlight. Written and to be directed by Todd Lincoln (maker of three obscure short films), it seems this project might just be dead on the windowsill despite the projected 2006 release date.
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