When Disney completes its acquisition of 20th Century Fox later this year, the house of Mickey Mouse will own many R-rated movies and franchises, including projects in development. Historically, Disney has refused to move beyond PG-13 territory when it comes to their films, so the fate of these flicks and series remains uncertain.
A lot of things could happen, but may hypothesize Disney will either create a new platform for those beyond the teenage set, or else they might neuter series that are made for grown-ups. The latter is a grim option; I mean, just imagine PG-13 rated Alien movies, or Predator movies, or Deadpool movies? No thank you please.
But what about The Fly? It’s a property that Fox has considered rebooting for years, and even commissions a screenplay from J.D. Dillard and Alex Theurer. While most people immediately recall Cronenberg’s brutal 1986 version (a hard R if ever there was one), our friends at Movie Hole believe The Fly might just keep buzzing at Disney.
“No brainer. Fox have been trying to get a new Fly off the ground for years – and J.D Dillard and Alex Theurer ‘wrote a cool script’, we’re told – and Disney will continue developing. Such an awesome template to work on. How can Disney release horror and edgy adult fare like this? It’s called offshoot labels, folks – remember the Touchstone banner that Disney used to release adult fare like Starship Troopers and Shoot to Kill in the ‘80s and ‘90s?”
When scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly’s cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle’s girlfriend (Geena Davis) is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster.
I sure hope we don’t end up with a PG-13 rated reboot of The Fly. Something about the very idea feels sacrilegious. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!