News Briefs: ‘The Fly’ Remake Gets a Director

The Fly: Fox is expanding on one R-rated sci-fi horror franchise with more Alien sequels and now looking to reboot another. David Cronenberg’s 1986 version of The Fly, which was a loose remake of a 1958 movie and spawned a sequel in 1989, is being redone with promising new filmmakerJ.D. Dillard in talks to direct. Dillard, whose 2016 Sundance hit Sleight comes to 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, has sold an old script of his called The Claim. The mystery thriller, about a father searching for his kidnapped daughter while fighting with a couple claiming they’re her actual parents, landed on the Black List in 2010. Chazelle will not direct, however; he is currently working on his Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man, which is due in 2018, the same release year as this other project. He’s 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. [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 into a movie that will stream on Netflix sometime in the future. [Wellesnet]


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