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20th Century Fox Working On Another Remake Of The Fly

March 15, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox is in talks with J.D. Dillard (Sleight) to direct and co-write a remake of The Fly. He would write the script with writing partner Alex Theurer.

The Fly started life as a 1957 short story by George Langelaan. It was originally adapted into a film in 1958, which was directed and produced by Kurt Neumann. That was followed by two sequels (Return of the Fly and Curse of the Fly). It was remade in 1986 by David Cronenberg (and starred Jeff Goldblum & Geena Davis), which is arguably the version people remember the most. The special effects were good enough to get Chris Walas top billing in the credits and won the film an Academy Award. It eventually got a sequel, The Fly II, in 1989.

Both versions of the original story follow a scientist who invents a teleportation device, only to get his DNA spliced with that of a common household fly. In the original film, it swapped the heads of the human and fly. In the remake, the fly’s DNA was absorbed into the scientist, mutating him into a man/fly hybrid. It’s unknown what story direction a modern take would go in.

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