Top-tier director David Cronenberg hasn’t released a movie in four years, so anticipation to see more of his work is kind of at a fever pitch. I know first hand, as I just tried to buy a ticket to a festival showing of his new 2011 release A Dangerous Method and discovered that it was completely sold out. Why is there so much excitement over Cronenberg releasing a new film? Well, it’s because the guy always makes movies that are edgy and cool, and more often than not, they end up also being pretty good. That’s why I was interested to hear that Shock Till You Drop got ahold of Cronenberg while he was doing publicity for A Dangerous Method and asked him about the possibility of doing sequels to a couple of his best films, and his responses were encouraging enough that I thought I’d pass the info along.
When asked about the rumors circulating a couple of years ago that he was working on a remake of his 1986 sci-fi/horror classic The Fly, Cronenberg revealed that a reboot wasn’t exactly the real story, but that something a bit more interesting is a possibility. He explained, “The Fly is not exactly a remake, it’s sort of a sequel, kinda. Yeah, that was a thing. I’ve written a script of that, and I don’t know if that’s going to really happen, but that has to do with Fox.” Watching Jeff Goldblum slowly morph into a slobbery fly creature left a pretty big impression on me back when I was a kid, so a revisiting of that material sounds good to me, and a “sort of” sequel sounds more interesting than a reboot to boot.
Also, there’s the question of a potential sequel to Cronenberg’s 2007 film Eastern Promises. That movie has my favorite naked man fight since Schwarzenegger did Red Heat back in ’88, so I would be pretty interested in seeing more from those characters as well. Cronenberg said, “That is also possible. Steve Knight wrote an Eastern Promises 2, he’s writing a second draft of that. Focus are interested in it, and we’ll see.” I’ll be waiting with bated breath.
Hoping for a Fly or Eastern Promises sequel to pan out isn’t the only shot we have at seeing some more Cronenberg work up on the big screen though. After A Dangerous Method comes out later this year, the director will complete work on a movie called Cosmopolis, which is an adaptation of a Don DeLillo novel that takes place largely inside a limo. The film stars dead fish Robert Pattinson, but that bit of bad news is made up for by the inclusion of names like Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche, so I’ll be checking that one out too. Maybe Pattinson can turn my opinion of him around. That long wait between Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method was kind of rough, but never fear, David Cronenberg has big things poppin’ once again.