WTF? David Cronenberg remaking The Fly AGAIN?

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

The Fly, David Cronenberg's classic 1986 sci-fi horror film, was itself a re-imagining of the original 1958 movie, and was subsequently adapted by Cronenberg himself as an opera. So imagine our surprise to hear that the Canadian director—who previously said he wouldn't be involved in any remake—is now developing another reboot, a new cinematic version of The Fly.

It seems to be part of a new trend of filmmakers rebooting their own creations: Ridley Scott is developing a reboot/prequel of his own Alien, for example.

In the case of The Fly, it seems that Cronenberg wants to return to the movie that helped establish his career, but this time with 21st-century visual effects and technology, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Biz blog:

The auteur will develop a reboot of the 1986 classic with Fox, the studio that released that film, directing and potentially writing the new pic. ...

The 1986 title, itself a remake of Kurt Neumann's 1958 sci-fi classic, starred Jeff Goldblum and became a huge hit for Fox, earning $40 million and turning into a phenomenon. It centered on Seth Brundle ([Jeff] Goldblum), an eccentric scientist who, after an experiment with teleportation goes awry, is transformed into a fly. Geena Davis starred as Goldblum's love interest and partner, Veronica.

Hard to imagine even Cronenberg improving on his original: Despite the dated look of the clothes and hair, the movie remains a powerful, gut-wrenching experience with very convincing makeup effects of Goldbum's horrific transformation from man into creature. The movie also packs a wallop as a potent metaphor of the ravages of disease and the resulting loss of dignity and humanity.