James Cameron's Next Sci-Fi Project Will Be Fantastic Voyage
A few days ago there was a bit of online buzz about James Cameron's next sci-fi project, but we were left without an abundance of information. But now we know a bit more, as MTV just caught up with the director on the red carpet at the London premiere of Avatar and Cameron says the plan is to remake the 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage in 3-D, but he is only taking on the role of producer. The original film follows a group of scientists who are miniaturized and injected into another scientist's body to remove a blood clot in his brain to save his life and salvage secret information about miniaturization that only he knows. Read on!
Though it is just another new remake, this is still a high concept, futuristic story that can stand to have a contemporary re-telling. I remember watching the original as a kid, and being absolutely captivated by the possibility of shrinking, which of course led to more interest in films like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and the adventures of The Magic School Bus. But that's another story for another day. And on top of that, this is a film that can truly stand to benefit from digital 3-D so the audience can feel immersed inside the human body. While I wish Cameron was taking this on as director, I'm sure he'll find the right director for the job.
Also, while we're thinking about Fantastic Voyage, I want to point out that this isn't exactly breaking news. Way back in 2007, we reported that Roland Emmerich was going to be helming this remake. He eventually dropped off to make 2012, but before doing so he went on to explain that James Cameron had sent him his early script for Fantastic Voyage and he hated it. He even explained why it was so bad in an interview. So it looks like Cameron had Shane Salerno write another new draft before rebooting this project. Interested?