Exclusive: David Cronenberg Says That Fox Has Passed On His Script For 'The Fly' Sequel

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by Oliver Lyttelton
November 18, 2011 10:29 AM
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But Viggo Mortensen Is On For 'Eastern Promises 2'

David Cronenberg's films of late have stepped away from the gory horror fare that he made his name on and as you'll see, there's little in the way of exploding heads (at least not in the literal sense) in his latest film "A Dangerous Method," which opens on Wednesday. But fans of the Canadian director's more genre-led fare were encouraged by the news a couple of years ago that he would write, and possibly direct, a new version of "The Fly," the 1986 film about a scientist (Jeff Goldblum) who accidently crosses his DNA with the humble insect of the title, that was arguably the director's biggest ever crossover hit.

Only last month, Cronenberg was reported as saying that he'd completed a script for the project, which was more a sequel than a remake, and that it was under consideration at 20th Century Fox. However, when we caught up with the director yesterday during press rounds for "A Dangerous Method," the news wasn't so good, unfortunately.

The helmer says that the studio wasn't so keen on his new take, telling us, "I wrote a script and at the moment Fox is not wanting to do the project." We've got mixed feelings about this. If the film has to be made, we'd rather it happened under Cronenberg's watch than some Platinum Dunes-type music video director. But at the same time, we're sure there are plenty of better things he could be doing with his time than revisiting material he's already tackled once before.

Among the projects on his plate is another sequel, albeit to a more recent film, his 2007 crime thriller "Eastern Promises," which starred frequent collaborator Viggo Mortensen as a Russian criminal in London. A follow-up to that film, by original writer Steven Knight, has been in the works for a while, and Cronenberg confirmed to us that it's looking like a significantly better proposition than "The Fly."'Eastern Promises 2' might happen," the director said. "There is a script that we all like, including Viggo, and Focus is interested."

Look out for more from our interview with the director soon. "A Dangerous Method" hits theaters on November 23rd. -additional reporting by Jeff Otto

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8 Comments

  • Jamie Helton | November 23, 2011 2:58 PMReply

    I'm curious to know what Cronenberg planned to do with this film, especially considering there already was a sequel to "The Fly." Would he ignore that movie and go with his own direction, as has been done before with other movies (http://filmverse.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/sequels-that-ignored-previous-films-in-a-series/)?

  • Andrew | November 18, 2011 7:26 PMReply

    Screened.com had your so called "exclusive" up on October 5th.

    http://www.screened.com/news/david-cronenberg-says-that-the-fly-sequel-youve-been-hearing-about-is-pretty-much-dead/2981/

  • rrho | November 18, 2011 5:11 PMReply

    Just to set the record straight: moviepilot.com had that exclusive bit of news more than two weeks ago, I'm afraid: http://moviepilot.com/293907-moviepilot-exclusive-david-cronenberg-on-the-fly ;-)

  • Styles | November 18, 2011 4:16 PMReply

    Why the hell does this man not just have a blank check for any project he wants to do? Every trip to the CRONE ZONE is worth it!

  • Daniel | November 18, 2011 3:59 PMReply

    If his new script was anything like the opera version he directed, I'm glad Fox isn't interested. Watching that felt like Cronenberg had totally lost his connection to the material.

  • Amie | November 18, 2011 11:36 AMReply

    Good on Fox. I'd be questioning the decisions of someone who decided to unironically cast Robert Pattinson in a movie too.

  • @amie | November 18, 2011 10:10 PM

    lol. you can always count on the rob pattinson haters.

  • kitcon | November 18, 2011 11:08 AMReply

    You guys are on a roll with exclusives. Congratulations. Mike Flemming is going to be even more petulant as he's being scooped left and right.

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