Fox is remaking The Fly with Sleight director J.D. Dillard

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Apr 27, 2017, 12:01 PM EDT (Updated)

20th Century Fox is looking to remake one of cinema’s greatest horror films of all time (again).

According to Deadline, the studio is circling (aka is in negotiations with) Sleight director J.D. Dillard to helm and co-write the second remake of The Fly with an eye to creating a potential new franchise.

The first movie, produced and directed by Kurt Neumann and based on a short story by George Langelaan, opened in theaters back in 1958. The film gave rise to two sequels, Return of the Fly (1959) and Curse of the Fly (1965). In 1986, David Cronenberg remade the original with stars Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, utilizing some fantastic practical effects to bring the story of a scientist who's mutating into a horrific human fly to life. A (much inferior) sequel, The Fly II, opened in 1989.

J.D. Dillard's Sleight, a genre-bending movie blending sci-fi with street magic and described as "Chronicle meets Iron Man," had Sundance buzzing last year. The story follows "a young street magician who is left to care for his sister and turns to drug peddling to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her." The film will debut on April 28 in the U.S. Have a look at the trailer:

The Fly was probably one of the few horror films that managed to scare and gross me out in equal measure -- in a good way. If Dillard and Theurer sign on the dotted line, it's going to be interesting to see what the dynamic duo will do with Fox's remake of the horror classic. What do you think?

(via Deadline)