Roland Emmerich Remaking 1966 Fantastic Voyage
Mega-blockbuster filmmaker Roland Emmerich, who directed Independence Day, Godzilla, and The Day After Tomorrow, will be remaking the 1966 sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage next. National Treasure screenwriters Marianne and Cormac Wibberley are in talks to write the script, and it was there involvement that reignited Emmerich's interest in directing the remake, as he was attached 10 years ago to do the same remake but it never came together.
The original 1966 film directed by Richard Fleischer (Soylent Green) is about a scientist who is dying of a blood clot. His only chance for survival is for five scientist colleagues to be miniaturized in a ship, and injected into his bloodstream. Being a "Futurama" fan myself, it reminds me of the episode titled "Parasites Lost" where Fry gets worms and the Professor miniaturizes everyone and goes into his body to fight them off.
Not only is this Roland Emmerich, who makes nothing but big-budget blockbusters, but it's being produced with James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment, meaning something truly epic. I'm sure once this gets made we'll be seeing it aimed as a tent-pole summer release, maybe even July 4th (like most of Emmerich's movies).
Emmerich's upcoming epic movie 10,000 B.C. does not look very good at all, and the quality of his films have been on a steady decline ever since Independence Day. Let's hope this doesn't follow that trend.
Roland Emmerich should be banned from movie-making, along with Michael Bay. Their big-budget, noisy, vacuous pieces-of-crap movies have soiled our screens long enough.
Mark on Aug 18, 2007
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