Thursday, September 24, 2009
That David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of The Fly would be due for a remake of its own isn't so surprising. But the idea that Cronenberg himself would be returning to write and potentially direct the remake himself (see The Hollywood Reporter's story here) is a little astonishing. Cronenberg has been drawn back into the web of The Fly in recent years, working on the opera version of the film, but his willingness to make another movie based on the material is hard to figure. But since this is Cronenberg, who has yet to see his talents spiral down the drain, I think it's safe to assume he'll be coming back to The Fly armed with some visionary concept of how to reapproach it. And it should be remembered that Cronenberg himself didn't write the '86 version - it was Charles Edward Pogue (even though Cronenberg did his own rewriting, I remember an interview at the time where Cronenberg said that most of the ideas in The Fly screenplay that people would likely peg as coming from him were actually in Pogue's original draft) so we really haven't seen a Cronenberg-penned Fly yet. I just wish that - as long as he's up for the idea of remaking his films - he were also involved in the proposed remake of Videodrome. Now that's a film that really needs his sensibilities to work. As for The Fly, the original (well, the original remake, I should say) probably isn't even my top five favorite Cronenberg films (let me think about that...no, it's not - but it's close) but it's still an amazing movie. Twenty-three years later, it's still the movie that Cronenberg's most known for. I can't imagine that he feels the need to step back to The Fly just for commercial reasons - History of Violence and Eastern Promises were two of his finer movies and both seemed to do respectable business as well. But whatever the case, I'm ready to take another deep, penetrating dive into the plasma pool.