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J.D. Dillard on what he hopes to bring to the remake of The Fly

04.05.2017

Rumblings of a remake of THE FLY has popped up every so often for quite some time, but just last month the project seemed to move forward with the report that J.D. Dillard, who made his feature directorial debut with SLEIGHT, was currently in negotiations to co-write and direct THE FLY. Dillard would tackle the script with writing partner Alex Theurer for Twentieth Century Fox, and it seems that the studio is looking at the project as a potential franchise.

Although the movie isn't a sure thing just yet, /Film was able to sit down with Dillard recently and ask him what he would like to bring to the remake.

I made the joke at a screening Q&A the other night but I want to take Mike Mills’ Beginners and match it with something like Guardians of the Galaxy. Now that technically makes no sense, but I want to be really gutted emotionally and feel something but also all the pieces from a blockbuster are there too. That’s the gap that I would love to find a way to close.

An emotionally gutting blockbuster? Sounds like THE FLY could fit in that mold fairly well, but J.D. Dillard is also hoping to avoid the mistakes which have been made with many recent remakes. "I think if you look at a lot of remakes, and the ones that may have not been as successful as others, I think often times the wrong pieces are remade," said Dillard. "Having this conversation about bigger projects and IP, we really want to make sure we are following a beating heart first and foremost." Dillard says that you can look at the rebooted PLANET OF THE APES franchise as a good example of how to do it right, adding that the films helped him to realize that he wants to tackle "something with big scale that can also make me cry. And not cry for nostalgia, but to be emotionally moved."

SLEIGHT, which Dillard directed and co-wrote with Theurer, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year and blended science fiction and street magic. The film follows a "young street magician who is left to care for his sister turn to drug peddling to keep a roof over their heads and when he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her."

SLEIGHT is set to hit theaters on April 28, 2017.

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Source: /Film

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4:04PM on 04/07/2017
I think the question people need to ask themselves when they want to do a remake is, "can I add anything to it?" If you have something to show or say that the predecessor(s) didn't cover, than you can further the story. If you can't, then you are doing it for nostalgia reasons. Beyond a fresh coat of special effects paint, the movie will still feel stale. In the case of this franchise, Cronenberg did have something to add to the story, and the movie was a success partially because of this
I think the question people need to ask themselves when they want to do a remake is, "can I add anything to it?" If you have something to show or say that the predecessor(s) didn't cover, than you can further the story. If you can't, then you are doing it for nostalgia reasons. Beyond a fresh coat of special effects paint, the movie will still feel stale. In the case of this franchise, Cronenberg did have something to add to the story, and the movie was a success partially because of this reason. However, I've asked myself where they could go from there with a remake and although I'm sure other people might be able to find a new direction worth taking, I can't. I feel like Hollywood is just going to retry the Cronenberg story with new special effects, and it's going to be poorer for it.
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12:57AM on 04/06/2017

Why can't they just leave it alone.....

If it was a mediocre original or something really old that could do with a special effects-heavy presentation (like Forbidden Planet), then I could see it but The Fly was a brilliant original, then an even better remake. Goldblum was perfect in the film and it couldn't be done better than his remake. It's a shame these shameless shills can't think of their own projects or at least remake something that could use it.
If it was a mediocre original or something really old that could do with a special effects-heavy presentation (like Forbidden Planet), then I could see it but The Fly was a brilliant original, then an even better remake. Goldblum was perfect in the film and it couldn't be done better than his remake. It's a shame these shameless shills can't think of their own projects or at least remake something that could use it.
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