Shawn Levy to Direct James Cameron Produced 'Fantastic Voyage'
Producer Steven Speilberg entrusted him with the robot boxing flick Real Steel, and from that gig has come another deal that will have Hugh Jackman and director Shawn Levy teaming up again. Now another famed director is giving Levy another high profile project as Deadline says 20th Century Fox and producer James Cameron have hired the Night at the Museum director to helm the new 3D remake of Fantastic Voyage based on the 1966 sci-fi flick of the same name. After Paul Greengrass fell away from this last year, Darren Aronofsky, Timur Bekmambetov & Louis Leterrier all met with Cameron before he chose Levy for the job.
The remake is in line to be one of Fox's tentpole projects, but it's not clear when it will see release just yet. It's a special effects heavy, sci-fi romp, so the earliest I could see it getting released would be late next year, but a 2013 release is probably more likely. The 3D remake will serve as a re-imagining of the original story which followed a team of scientists who are shrunk to atomic size and sent on a miniature submarine inside the body of a scientist to save his life. The use of 3D to make the inner-workings of the human body should be a visual feast, especially with Cameron being involved. And as much as people hate on Levy, with big names like Spielberg and Cameron trusting him with projects like this, I have faith in the guy. What do you think?