Laeta Kalogridis Rewriting Cameron's Fantastic Voyage Remake
Finally, an update on a project that we haven't heard from in some time, at least since earlier in the summer. Heat Vision reports that writer Laeta Kalogridis, who worked on Avatar, Shutter Island, and is currently writing Ghost in the Shell, Nine Lives and Battle Angel, has been hired to re-write the screenplay for James Cameron's Fantastic Voyage remake. We presume this still isn't going to be directed by Cameron, as he's already got too much going on. At one point, Paul Greengrass was attached to direct, but dropped out rather quickly. So it looks like Fox is trying to workshop this until they can get a new version up and running again.
We first heard that Roland Emmerich was planning a remake of the classic 1966 sci-fi flick about a team of scientists who are shrunk to atomic size and sent in a miniature submarine inside the body of a scientist to save his life. Last year, news hit that Cameron had taken over, at first considering directing, but apparently now only producing. Shane Salerno (Armageddon, Shaft, AVP: Requiem) and Cormac & Marianne Wibberly (Bad Boys II, National Treasure, G-Force) have worked on earlier drafts, but apparently not to everyone's satisfaction. I'm curious to see if this remake finds new life again in the hands of another iconic filmmaker. And I'm wondering if Kalogridis will put a futuristic sci-fi spin on this, too. We'll let you know! Thoughts?