Not too long ago (2009, to be exact), rumors surfaced that David Cronenberg was looking to revisit the world of The Fly, his iconic 1986 sci-fi horror flick, with a new film. According to Cronenberg, those rumors were true, and he's even got a script. Now the hard part: waiting for the studio to let him to go to work.
In an interview to promote his new film A Dangerous Method, Cronenberg said the idea of a new Fly film "was a thing," and that his script is more of a sequel than a remake. The script is done, and has been for a while, it seems, but whether or not the film happens seems to be in the hands of The Fly franchise masters Twentieth Century Fox.
"The Fly is not exactly a remake, it's sort of a sequel, kinda. Yeah, that was a thing," Cronenberg said. "I've written a script of that, and I don't know if that's going to really happen, but that has to do with Fox."
The Fly already got a somewhat iffy 1989 remake, but Cronenberg wasn't involved. It sounds like if he has his way, we may someday get to see how he would have continued the story.
Cronenberg also addressed another sci-fi flick rumor: that he was in talks to direct an English language remake of Nacho Vigalondo's acclaimed Spanish time travel thriller TimeCrimes. As it turns out, that rumor was actually just a rumor. Furthermore, according to Cronenberg, we should never trust IMDB.
"Timecrimes, that was a strange thing, but that's what happens," he said. "They proposed it to me, I said 'No,' and then suddenly it was on the 'net like I'm doing it, and I think the producer was so excited that I'd read it and look at their original movie that he started talking about it like it's happening. Actually, I think it was the director of the Spanish version was responsible for saying I'm doing it, but I was never doing it.
"Sometimes on IMDB, you see you're doing three movies you've never even heard of. They try to be accurate, but the 'net is so intense and instantaneous and the sources are not checked."
(via Shock Till You Drop)