Recently we learned that 20th Century Fox was planning to reboot ‘The Fly‘ and director J.D. Dillard (‘Sleight’) has opened up a little as to what he wants to bring to the movie. While David Cronenberg’s classic was already a remake and still has a cult following, the technology in it didn’t age well and while that will probably be part of what is updated, it is the characters that Dillard cares more about.
As I am generally against reboots and this one is too early to comment on, at the very least Dillard seems to have a handle on what would need to work to make this movie a success.
In speaking about what he wants to bring to the table, he stated:
“For me – and this would be about The Fly, but this is also about Alex and my approach to remakes because post-Sleight that has been the conversation for what a lot of big flashy studio gigs are – no matter what, we want to start with character. I think if you look at a lot of remakes, and the ones that may have not been as successful as others, I think often times the wrong pieces are remade. Having this conversation about bigger projects and IP, we really want to make sure we are following a beating heart first and foremost.”
He later went on to say:
“I made the joke at a screening Q&A the other night but I want to take Mike Mills’ Beginners and match it with something like Guardians of the Galaxy. Now that technically makes no sense, but I want to be really gutted emotionally and feel something but also all the pieces from a blockbuster are there too. That’s the gap that I would love to find a way to close.”
So as much as the movie will be visually appealing, it is the main characters and how they evolve through the process of the lead transforming that will be front and center.
Are you willing to give a reboot of ‘The Fly’ a chance? What are your thoughts on what Dillard wants to bring to the table? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Slash Film
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