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Any day we converse with maverick filmmaker David Cronenberg
is a good day, and after running a brief blurb about Fox’s rejection of his abstract script for a sequel to his 1986
masterpiece THE FLY, the man who made psychosexual body revolution an art form
told us this:
“There are a ton of producers who would kill to take over my
[FLY sequel] script, but Fox paid me to write it, so they own the script 100
percent. They can do what they want with it, including getting somebody else to
direct it or rewrite it, or kill it entirely, and I have no say in the matter.
Such is the biz.”
Ever-elegant, Cronenberg seems to be taking the blow with
courtly grace. FANGORIA hasn’t the manners to match him, however. As previously
stated, it comes down to budget. Do the current honchos at the venerable studio
have any idea of what Cronenberg is still capable of? Even though he has lately
abandoned most of the surface trappings of his horror/sci-fi-fueled past, his
films have gotten technically more sophisticated, and he’s always finding new,
challenging ways to explore his themes and obsessions. Look at COSMOPOLIS, a
film that was defiantly alien, challenging audiences to immerse themselves and
accept thrills that were verbal and cerebral as opposed to visceral. His
“language” has only gotten sharper.
That said, wouldn’t a revisit to one of his most potent,
emotionally relevant films be even more successful? Coupling Cronenberg’s
current mastery of the medium with the freakshow gags of his oozing past…might
not that be something truly special? Something that leads with a mainstream
hook, rewards his core fanbase and perhaps even evolves the genre?
This writer is still holding out hope that Fox will see the
light. Failing that, we only pray that the studio doesn’t hire some upstart
coked-up music-video “auteur” to remake THE FLY and vomit all over Cronenberg’s
simply designed, humanist horror, much in the same way Seth Brundle pukes on donuts.
Follow Fango to see how—and if—this evolves.
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