The Internet has been buzzing (heh, get it?) with word from a couple of days back (courtesy of Shock Till You Drop) that David Cronenberg had written a script for a potential sequel to his 1986 body horror classic, The Fly. According to the original report, Cronenberg's script was done, and in the hands of FOX, effectively waiting to be made.
Unfortunately, it sounds like that isn't going to happen any time in the foreseeable future.
I had the chance to talk to Cronenberg earlier today during an interview for his upcoming period drama A Dangerous Method. During the course of the conversation, the subject of his Fly sequel popped up. Cronenberg was quick to elaborate on the original statement, and essentially put the kibosh on it.
"Well, I think it's kind of dead at the moment. A dead Fly," said Cronenberg. "I did write a script that was basically a kind of sequel to The Fly. It's not direct, no connection with the characters directly. And it was for FOX, who have the rights to The Fly. And I think at the moment, they don't want to go forward with it. "
That's depressing, dispiriting news for anyone who would love to see Cronenberg return to one of his most beloved (and disgusting) universes--especially anyone who would just as soon put the ill-conceived 1989 sequel The Fly II, which starred Eric Stoltz and Daphne Zuniga, right out of their minds for good.
Cronenberg still seemed interested in the project, especially in light of the fact that his latest project, an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis, has just wrapped, and he doesn't have his next film quite lined up yet.
"I would do The Fly," he said, "But right now I don't really have a film that's quivering on the brink yet."
Great. Now all I can think about is Jeff Goldblum's mutated body quivering on the brink of something. Gross.