Shawn Levy to Direct James Cameron Produced 'Fantastic Voyage'

February 7, 2011
Source: Deadline

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?

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  • Hattori Hanzo
    Even with Spielberg and Cameron's trust, I'm still not all that thrilled over having the director of Night in the Museum anywhere near the remake of The Fantastic Voyage. Even though I'd love to see this sci-fi classic remade, I'd now just as soon let it be rather than have Levy butcher it.
  • Anonymous
    give Cameron the boot, he influences directors too much, well mostly he dictates and forces.
  • Already remade (sorta) Inner Space.
  • voodoo2
    Why not just reboot Innerspace...
  • FOOM
    Bring it on..... lets see actual footage of the human body's inner workings moshed up with top level 3D and SFX...... and dont forget to include an homage to the episode of Futurama where the team are injected into Fry and Dr Zoidberg rides into the space ship riding a spermatozoa and asks "Guess where I have been?"
  • Robert
    There is another movie too that has the same kind of theme, which, although it's a bit outdated and simple in terms of special effects, it's quite a nice movie. But this coming adaption will of course be a bit more advanced I guess.
  • Bob Ofenhagen
    Poor Isaac Asimov. After the first version of this was made he swore never to allow another of his works to be made into a film. Now it seems everything he wrote is being hacked to pieces. I Robot was horrible and should never have drug down the name of Asimov, now I see Foundation and this remake are on their way soon. Luckily Asimov and I are both Atheists so I don't have to worry about him knowing these tragedies are happening/about to occur.




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