News Briefs: ‘The Fly’ Remake Finds a Director; New ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ Trailer

The Fly: While Fox keeps expanding on one R-rated sci-fi horror franchise with more Alien sequels, the studio is looking to reboot another. David Cronenberg’s 1986 version of The Fly, which was a loose remake of a 1958 movie and which spawned one sequel in 1989, is being redone, and J.D. Dillard is in talks to direct it. The fresh filmmaker, whose 2016 Sundance hit Sleight, hits theaters next month, would also handle the script with writing partner Alex Theurer. [Deadline]

The Claim: Damien Chazelle, who just won the Oscar for Best Director for La La Land, finally sold an old script of his called The Claim. The mystery thriller was on the black list in 2010 and is not something he’ll be directing. He’s working on his Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man, due in 2018, the same release year as this other project. Chazelle is no stranger to selling scripts he doesn’t direct, having written Eugenio Mira’s Grand Piano and cowritten 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Last Exorcism Part II. The Claim is about a father searching for his kidnapped daughter and also fighting with a couple claiming they’re her actual parents. [Variety]

The Other Side of the Wind: The final, never-released film by Orson Welles is officially heading to Netflix. The Other Side of the Wind began shooting in 1970 and was a struggle for Welles up to his death in 1985 and has since been a struggle for others involved in getting it completed and seen. Now all necessary deals have been figured out, including issues with its Indiegogo campaign, and 1,083 reels of negatives are ready to be edited, at last, into a movie that will stream on Netflix sometime in the future. [Wellesnet]

Smurfs: The Lost Village Trailer: Sony has released a new trailer for its fully animated Smurfs feature, and it reveals that Smurfette (voiced by Demi Lovato) is no longer the only female of the little blue creatures. The movie involves a few of the Smurfs we know and love finding a map to a secret village of other Smurfs. And that place consists of all females (with maybe a single male?) led by a character voiced by Julia Roberts. Other voices include Joe Manganiello, Rainn Wilson, Ellie Kemper and Michelle Rodriguez. Smurfs: The Lost Village opens on April 7. [Movieclips]

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