While James Cameron is hard at work perfecting Titanic 3D and writing Avatar 2 and 3, he’s also producing a number of other projects including a 3D reboot of Fantastic Voyage. The film has been in development for some years with several A-List directors attached, the latest being Shawn Levy (Real Steel). However, Levy just added Frankenstein and Pinocchio to his dance card, which made it seem like Fantastic Voyage was dead once again. Not the case says the mega-producer.

After the jump, read Cameron’s latest remarks on the remake of the 1966 film about a team of scientists shrunken down to explore the human body. Read More »

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After going through several potential directors, it didn’t seem like development on the James Cameron-produced, 3D remake of Fantastic Voyage could get any more complicated. It has. According to The Hollywood Reporter, currently attached director Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Night at the Museum) is considering leaving the project if he can’t land a major star. Unfortunately, Fox would rather not pay for a major star. The exception to that might be Will Smith, who will soon meet with Levy about the project. Sources tell THR that Fox would most likely pony up for Smith but, if that doesn’t happen, Levy could walk. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Director Shawn Levy might have found his muse in the person of Hugh Jackman. The pair already have one film ready for release, October’s Real Steel, and have also decided to team up for a mystery film written by Lost executive producer Carlton Cuse. Plus, even though the release is still several months away, a Real Steel sequel is already being written for the duo. If three films that could potentially team up Levy and Jackman wasn’t enough, Deadline is now reporting that Jackman is Levy’s first choice to star in his James Cameron-produced 3D remake of Fantastic Voyage. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Shawn Levy is the latest director to take the helm for 20th Century Fox and James Cameron. The director of Night at the Museum, Date Night and the upcoming Real Steel has signed on to direct the 3D sci-fi remake Fantastic Voyage, which is about a ship that’s shrunk down to go inside a man’s body. Last year, Paul Greengrass had been attached to direct and rumor had it Cameron, who is producing, wanted Louis Leterrier to direct the film. Last we heard about the project, Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) was coming in to do rewrites. Read more after the break. Read More »

It was only hours ago that we heard James Cameron had hired Laeta Kalogridis to rewrite Shane Salerno‘s script for Fantastic Voyage, the big-budget sci-fi remake he’s planning with Fox. At the time there was no director attached, but now a report says that James Cameron has his eye on Louis Leterrier, who last made Clash of the Titans for Warner Bros. Read More »

Paul Greengrass Not Directing Fantastic Voyage

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Just over a month ago we reported that Paul Greengrass, the director of Bloody Sunday, United 93, Green Zone and the last two Bourne films, would make quite a stylistic change by taking a job directing the remake of Fantastic Voyage that James Cameron is producing. Now, as it turns out, he won’t do that job after all. Instead, Greengrass may direct another large-scale tentpole adventure. Read More »

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In December 2009, it was reported that James Cameron was developing/producing “a Shane Salerno-scripted (Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem) sci-fi action script for Fox, described as an ‘event’ film set in the future.” Soon after we learned that the film was actually a 3D remake of Fantastic Voyage. So who will direct this 3D remake of the sci-fi classic?

Paul Greengrass is in talks to helm the project. Greengrass is best known to audiences as the director of the latter two Bourne films: The Bourne Supremacy and  The Bourne Ultimatum. But film geeks might know him better as the director behind Bloody Sunday, Green Zone and the underrated and Oscar-nominated United 93.

But how will Greengrass adapt to a more traditional shooting style? Anyone who has seen any of Paul’s films, knows that the director loves to shoot films using handheld cameras. He has been both criticized and praised for his gritty shaky-cam documentary-style cinematography. I’m pretty sure that look won’t translate well to 3D.

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Independence Day and Day After Tomorrow director Roland Emmerich says he turned down a James Cameron draft for his upcoming remake of Fantastic Voyage because… it was set in the future?!

“Two years ago Jim called me up and said ‘Roland I want you to look at the script for Fantastic Voyage – it’s not there yet’. And he sent it over and I hated the script,” said Emmerich. “I said why have you put this in the future? I said let this happen now. It’s so much more cool and fun when we can say to a normal person from now, ‘well we’re going to make you microscopic and put you in  some submarine which we will shrink down and you have to do this stuff inside a body’,” “There were two submarines in the body. It was like a Navy SEALS film.”

National Treasure scribes Marianne and Cormac Wibberley are currently hard at work on a page-one rewrite. I never had the chance to read the Cameron draft, so I have no sense of if it was good or bad. The only thing I have to go by is Emmerich’s past career. Sure, the guy made a couple fun sci-fi flicks: Stargate and Independence Day, but the rest of his filmography isn’t anything to brag about. This is the guy who made the 1998 America remake of Godzilla, Universal Soldier, Ghost Chase, and Joey.

So may-be Emmerich doesn’t have the best sensibilities. And Cameron clearly has a better track record. But I’m sure the writing team that wrote National Treasure 2 and the 2006 remake of The Shaggy Dog probably know better than the guy who wrote Terminator 2 and Titanic…. uh, yeah…

source: Empire

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