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For his next trick, filmmaker J.D. Dillard will fuse a man with a fly.
Dillard, who is generating heat with his upcoming magic-centric low-budget thriller Sleight, is making the jump to studio movies with Fox’s remake of The Fly.
Dillard is in talks to direct and co-pen the project with writing partner Alex Theurer, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The movie is a remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror classic about a scientist whose teleportation experiment goes awry and he is fused with a fly. Kurt Neuman directed the original creature feature, which launched a series of low-budget sequels.
The Fly was remade in 1986 with a version directed and co-written by master horror filmmaker David Cronenberg.
Sleight, which has been described as being like Chronicle in tone, tells of a street magician (Jacob Latimore) with a dash of superpowers. He is forced to team up with drug dealers just to make ends meet, but when his sister’s life falls in danger, he must find a way to save her. The Blumhouse movie is set to open April 28.
Dillard is repped by CAA, Circle of Confusion and attorney Lev Ginsberg.
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