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J.D Dillard to direct remake of ‘The Fly’!?

The ‘Devotion’ director said to be bringing back the bug!

20th Century Fox

Oft-reliable internet scooper Daniel RPK has confirmed a rumor from Giant Freakin Robot that J.D Dillard (Devotion, the upcoming The Rocketeer reboot) will write and a reboot of The Fly for 20th Century. Further, they’ve also heard that Zendaya (Spider-Man : No Way Home, Dune) is the frontrunner to star in the “female centric” take.

Before Disney swallowed them, Fox had been trying to develop a remake of the classic creature feature. At one stage, Todd Lincoln (The Apparition) was attached to direct it.

In speaking with Moviehole after the film fell apart, Lincoln said :

“My version of The Fly was a dark, twisted, grounded re-imagining”, Lincoln, who is set to direct the feature adaptation of Whitley Strieber’s “The Nye Incidents”, exclusively tells us. “Part Val-Lewton, part J.G Ballard, part Neal Stephenson with some Horror Manga touches. This had nothing to do with the Cronenberg version and it would absolutely not have had the same color palette. This was an all new vision and direction, but still done with complete respect for all five other Fly films and the original short story published in Playboy magazine that started it all.

In my version, someone still becomes a fly, but who becomes it… how they become it… and what happens… are all completely different. I would have done it almost entirely with practical FX.”

The most recent version of The Fly was released in 1986 and was directed by David Cronenberg with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis in the leads.

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