According to Variety Green Zone director Paul Greengrass is in talks to direct Fantastic Voyage for 20th Century Fox. The film will be produced by Avatar director James Cameron and his production company Lightstorm Entertainment.
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. Greengrass passed on making a fourth Bourne last year and his latest movie, Green Zone, was released earlier this month.
“Fantastic Voyage” will be shot in 3D, using the same technologies Cameron and Jon Landau’s Lightstorm developed for “Avatar.” Cameron is one of the producers on the sci-fi project.
Fox considers “Fantastic Voyage” a big event property. Already onboard to adapt the remake of the 1966 sci-fi pic is Shane Salerno (“Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem).
Storyline centers on a dying scientist whose only chance for survival rests with five colleagues who are miniaturized and injected into his bloodstream.
The plot, while a bit strange, does seem quite interesting. Green Zone has underperformed at the box office (earning only $60 million so far on a $100 million budget) and it is also Greengrass’ worst reviewed film to date, so maybe a change in direction is what the director needs. No casting for the film has been announced yet, although he has worked with Matt Damon a lot over recent years so the actor may come on-board if there is a role for him.