Paul Greengrass Will Not Direct That Fantastic Voyage Remake

May 20, 2010

Fantastic Voyage

Though we heard at the end of March that director Paul Greengrass (Green Zone, Bourne Ultimatum) would helm the remake of the 1966 sci-fi flick Fantastic Voyage Deadline reports he has dropped out of the project to focus on developing the newly discovered Warner Bros adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure novel Treasure Island from Sherlock Holmes producer Lionel Wigram. Greengrass was never locked in to direct Fantastic Voyage officially, so this isn't exactly Earth-shattering news, but at the same time, he's also not committed to Treasure Island just yet, as they are still trying to secure a writer.

Apparently the trades blew the scoop out of proportion since producers James Cameron and Jon Landau never confirmed Greengrass' official attachment during press conferences. However, since he was being courted for the project, he was the first and only director to see Shane Salerno's much buzzed about script. All that will change soon enough though, as Cameron and Landau are on the hunt again for a name director to take on this 3-D fueled high concept story about 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. So who should direct this?

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I can't see how his shakycam schtick will work in an historical setting, but sadly, I'm sure there are plenty of people dying to see this classic tale remade all dark, gritty and 'realistic,' with some sort of social or political message slapped clumsily on top. At least we won't be assaulted by headache-inducing handheld 3D on the Fantastic Voyage remake now, anyway...

PhoenixWright on May 20, 2010


Agreed, I cannot stand Greengrass' frenetic camera movement. Its like Michael J. Fox is behind the camera. In all honesty, I dont think Greengrass' movies are all that great anyways. The less the better.

Voice of Reason on May 20, 2010


Wont coolio get pissed, like he did with weird Al

Jimmy Love on May 20, 2010


Love Greengrass but he does not seem to fit this one anyways, just let Joe Dante do this one "again" so to speak 🙂

Loser on May 20, 2010


I should direct this.

WB EXEC on May 20, 2010


Yeah The green zone showed the only thing that made his first 2 films so good was the Bourne character (Damon) not him. His camerawork is just terrible, and political messages are so corny and typical. The guy cant direct.

Cody w on May 20, 2010


I really can't stand Greengrass and the only Bourne movie I liked was The Bourne Identity and Liman directed that so I'm glad he's out of the running for Fantastic Voyage.

peloquin on May 20, 2010

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