Cronenberg On His “Fantastic 4” Influence

Much of cinema, especially anything to do with science fiction and body horror, owes much to the work of Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg. Last month Josh Trank, the director the upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot, said Cronenberg’s early works had a big influence on the new film and its “hard sci-fi take” on the Marvel comics.

Cronenberg himself spoke with Collider recently about people copying his work and takes it as a compliment, though he’s especially glad when others acknowledge his efforts:

“It’s fine. Once you’ve contributed your voice to the cinematic conversation, it’s out there and it’s up for grabs, absolutely. So I don’t complain. In fact, I take it as a compliment… When you come up with something original and it really strikes a chord in people, it’s going to be imitated, it’s going to be appropriated, and it’s actually kind of nice when someone just flat out admits it. That’s actually pretty good. Not everybody does.”

He also says this is nothing new, stating that 1979’s “Alien” seemed to borrow quite a bit from his 1976 film “Shivers”:

“As far back as Alien, for example, which totally ripped off things from my movie Shivers – Shivers featured a parasite that lives in your body, bursts out of your chests, jumps onto your face, and jumps down your mouth, and suddenly you see this in a studio film, which was hugely successful, Alien. The writer of the script, Dan O’Bannon, had seen Shivers, we know that he had seen my movie and, shall we say, appropriated it. So this is not new stuff for me.”

The “Fantastic Four” reboot hits cinemas on August 7th.