Three years after David Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly (1986) starring Jeff Goldlum and Geena Davis hit the big screen, a sequel was made, this time centering on the almost-human son of Goldblum’s character, Seth Brundle.
Although I’ve seen The Fly a couple of times over the years, I’ve only seen The Fly II (which starred Eric Stoltz and Daphne Zuniga) once or twice, since I personally found the movie to be rather mediocre compared to the Cronenberg horror film that gave birth to it. The sequel was helmed by effects artist Chris Walas (The Fly II was his first directing gig) and co-written by Mick Garris, Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat and … Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Walking Dead), from a story by Garris.
Thing is, someone else almost directed The Fly II, and this certain someone is none other than Evil Dead 2 and Spider-Man movie trilogy director extraordinaire Sam Raimi. Yep. You read that right.
This little gold nugget was revealed during the latest episode of the Post Mortem With Mick Garris podcast, featuring Bryan Fuller (American Gods) as a guest-star. During said podcast, Garris praised Evil Dead 2 for its perfect blend of horror and comedy (which, let’s face it, it is) before revealing that little-known-fact (I'm not even sure that fact was even known until now, but I may be wrong). Here’s what he said:
“When I was writing Fly 2, originally Sam Raimi was going to direct it, on the strength of Evil Dead 2. It would’ve been a VERY different movie. Then [Sam] and his brother wrote a different treatment that went way out to cloud wacky land, and that would’ve been amazing. And it didn’t work out.”
Which is a huge bummer. Being a fan of Sam Raimi and his brilliant use of said comedy and horror all rolled into one (which was again highlighted in Starz’s currently ongoing Ash vs. Evil Dead TV series), it would have been interesting to see what Raimi would have done with the sequel to The Fly. I’m sure it would have been much more interesting than what we ended up getting. Ah, what could have been. Le sigh.
Would you have loved to have seen Sam Raimi's "very different" take on The Fly II?