David Cronenberg's remake of The Fly to be remade by David Cronenberg


24th September 2009

Cinema is eating itself. Help me! Help meeeeee!

In possibly the most bizarre remake story of the day - unless you count the director of The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift remaking Highlander - movie blog Risky Business have revealed that director David Cronenberg is to remake his own remake of The Fly. Cronenberg is in talks with Fox about writing and possibly directing.

Once you've got over the What The Fuck, start thinking about the Why The Fuck. The reason? Allegedly it's because of advances in cinematic technology. Ugh. Cronenberg's 1986 version of The Fly is a masterpiece of body horror and probably the best example of practical effects I can think of right now (though I am staring right into Brundlefly's big, bug eyes as I type). What possible new technology could make the story more prevalent? CGI? 3D? A motion-captured Andy Serkis? Don't make me laugh.

The only way I can comprehend this news is if Fox owned the rights and Cronenberg figured, 'If I don't do it, someone else will ruin it'. Otherwise, this sets a dangerous precedent of filmmakers unnecessarily remaking their own projects - it's positively George Lucas-ian in its implications.

Mark my words: we are getting closer and closer to a remake of Jaws. It will happen, one day. And friends? That's the day cinema dies for me. Smile, you son of a bitch.

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