Jeff Goldbum, The Fly

Why is Hollywood so obsessed with remakes? Now you've got David Cronenberg looking to remake his own remake of The Fly. I get that the special effects technology has advanced and that you can make it look so much cooler, but the 1986 Jeff Goldblum film has become a modern classic. It doesn't need to be remade.

Every time we get reports of another remake, that's one less original film being made. And original doesn't even mean Cronenberg needs to make up a whole new story. Think of all the awesome science fiction, horror and fantasy stories that have been written that nobody's made a movie out of them. Why do you think we had to wait so long for a complete live-action The Lord of the Rings?

How about we finally tackle the Foundation or Ringworld series? I'd love to see Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars saga explored in a feature film, or even some of the lighter fare of Piers Anthony (you know The Apprentice Adept series would make for some fun action sci-fi!). Sci-fi readers have been waiting decades for the film-making technology to reach a point where we could see some of our favorite works on-screen.

Cronenberg is the kind of director who would enjoy the challenge, and might even make good movies, too. We just need Hollywood to get over this bizarre fetish their on lately of remaking their own properties, and have them look beyond and into the thousands of classic science fiction books just sitting there ... waiting.

I don't need yet another remake of Dune and Battlestar Galactica, right now. I want William Gibson's Neuromancer and Niven & Pournelle's Lucifer's Hammer. What sci-fi classics have you been waiting to see as movies?
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