The original short story by George Langelaan is a creepy little tale with the familiar theme of science meddling in things it oughtn't. A scientist ruins his life and the lives of his family (not to mention the family cat and a certain musca domestica) by messing around with matter transport. The 1986 film revamped this idea, with Jeff Goldblum as an obsessed scientist and Geena Davis as his soon-to-be-pregnant girlfriend (see 'The Fly 2 -- Still Buzzin' '). The new opera is going to be based o the original story, but since feature director Cronenberg is involved, references to the film are almost guaranteed.
Theatre du Chatelet general manger Jean-Luc Choplin said, "This work exemplifies the artistic policy of the Theatre du Chatelet, a policy intent on discovering new art forms and reaching out to new arts enthusiasts, and yet resolutely part of the current world. It is also a grand story of collaboration between Paris and Los Angeles, two leading cities for cinema."