Earlier this month it was reported that Bourne director Paul Greengrass was in talks with 20th Century Fox to direct a 3D remake of the 1966 sci-fi movie Fantastic Voyage. The film will be produced by Avatar director James Cameron and his production company Lightstorm Entertainment, along with producer Jon Landau.
The plot, while a bit strange, does seem quite interesting. The storyline centers on a dying scientist whose only chance for survival rests with five colleagues who are miniaturized and injected into his bloodstream. While promoting Avatar on DVD/Blu-ray Landau spoke more about the film, and Greengrass’ involvement.
From Sci-Fi Wire:
“We had a very good conversation with Paul yesterday,” Landau said, “We’re still progressing along that.”
“I think for certain scenes [he will use handheld cameras],” Landau said. “What Paul likes about the movie is that it gives him an opportunity to do something that he hasn’t really done that much of, designing this world and playing to that. You take Titanic and say, ‘Does it give Jim Cameron an opportunity to bring his action sensibility to a period drama?’ And it did. So I think Paul bringing that style but adapting it, Paul’s a smart, smart guy. He’ll do a great job on that movie.”
Nothing is final yet for Fantastic Voyage while Greengrass, Cameron and Landau are feeling each other out. “When you hire a director on a movie, it’s like a marriage,” Landau said. “I think Paul and we want to date a little bit before we put on the ring.”
The adventure-fantasy will be something new for Greengrass, who is known for his serious and gritty films such as United 93 and the Bourne films. Once the trio have finished bonding (not Na’vi style I hope) we should get more news on this as it moves forward. I’m always up for new and different sci-fi films (even if it is a remake).