Emmerich Explains Why He Hated Cameron's Fantastic Voyage Remake Script
Back in August we ran the news that Roland Emmerich would be remaking Fantastic Voyage, a 1966 sci-fi classic. Now remember, Emmerich is the guy who directed Independence Day, Godzilla, and The Day After Tomorrow, so it's safe to say he's your big summer blockbuster kind of guy. Now here's the funny part: Emmerich explains in a recent interview that James Cameron (The Abyss, Terminator 2, Titanic) sent him an initial script for the remake that he hated. And then he goes on to explain why. Now who do you think is the better filmmaker here? James Cameron or Roland Emmerich?
Now I won't fully claim that Emmerich is wrong, but given Cameron's track record, I think he's a bit more qualified. However, for all I know this could have actually been a terrible script from Cameron and Emmerich's response is legitimate. Either way, take a look at what Emmerich had to say.
"I said why have you put this in the future? I said let this happen now. It's so much more cool and fun when we can say to a normal person from now, 'well we're going to make you microscopic and put you in some submarine which we will shrink down and you have to do this stuff inside a body.'"
He goes on to also nitpick Cameron's militarism.
"There were two submarines in the body. It was like a Navy SEALS film. And then the president of production at Fox – me and my partner and him all go surfing together – says 'Well, will you do it with a page one rewrite and we won't start until you're happy with the script?' So then I said yes. The key is I won't do it unless it's going to be a good movie."
Well aren't you something special, surfing with the Fox president of production? Sounds like they've got their hands in Emmerich's pocket. And given his vacuous, mindless blockbusters have made them millions of dollars, that would unfortunately make sense.
So given that whole debacle, Fox and Emmerich have put Marianne and Cormac Wibberley (who've written National Treasure 1 & 2 and The Shaggy Dog) on re-writing duty. This really doesn't sound like it's heading in a good direction. If anything, I think we're going to end up with a glossy remake of a great sci-fi classic that is good as a popcorn flick once and never again.