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‘Sleight’ Director J.D. Dillard to Direct ‘The Fly’ Remake

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

There’s nothing Hollywood likes more these days than a good old remake. It’s a tried-and-true formula: there will always be fans of the original who will flock to the theater to see the updated version, whether it be for nostalgia purposes or wanting to see better special effects or just the ability to enjoy the same character played over again by a different actor. The Fly, first made popular by Vincent Price and Kurt Neumann in 1958, and revamped in 1986 by David Cronenberg and Jeff Goldblum, is the latest to get an update. This time around, Sleight director J.D. Dillard is taking on the story of a man who Kafkas himself into a giant bug.

Deadline reports that Dillard, whose directorial debut Sleight was a hit at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, is in talks to direct and co-write the remake of The Fly for Fox. His scriptwriting partner will be Sleight producer Alex Theurer. The two are the latest in a long string of indie directors and producers who have gotten deals from their debuts’ splashy premieres — for example: the director of Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, was fresh off making indie picture The Kings of Summer. 

My first reaction to these kinds of remakes is always a little bit of trepidation, since not everything needs to be remade, but, then again, Cronenberg’s The Fly could technically be called a remake, and that movie was an instant horror classic. Maybe, with luck and plenty of gross insect makeup, Dillard and Theurer could pull off the same thing.

Sleight hits theaters April 28.

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