Jeff Goldblum’s turn as scientist-turned-fly Seth Brundle in 1986’s The Fly remains one of the greatest performances in sci-fi history, and it sounds like the actor is open to returning to the franchise should a new Fly movie get made.
Goldblum, who recently returned to the Independence Day and Jurassic Park franchises, addressed his desire to complete his trip down sci-fi memory lane with another sequel to The Fly. The original spawned a 1989 sequel starring Eric Stoltz as Brundle’s son, but without the involvement of original director David Cronenberg (or Goldblum), the film failed to strike a chord with fans. But Goldblum is hoping to reunite with Cronenberg for a third film, and since he obviously couldn’t play Brundle again since, you know, he’s dead, he has some different ideas on what direction the film could take.
“I don’t think my character would be involved because of course I got tragically mutated with the fly and then the machine, oh boy,” Goldblum told Bloody Disgusting in a recent interview. “But maybe I show up as a grandchild of the original Seth Brundle, or Seth Brundle had a brother. Had a brother that emerges in some ways! Who knows, I don’t know but David Cronenberg was a thrill to work with. Boy, if he was involved I’d like to work with him again, I’ll tell you that.”
Cronenberg, who’s never done a sequel of any kind, did direct a 2008 opera adaptation of The Fly, and he also wrote a sequel for The Fly in 2011 that Fox was thinking of producing, so he clearly has shown a continued interest in the franchise. That sequel project never got off the ground, but maybe Goldblum’s interest could bring it back from the dead… along with Brundlefly.