Over the past few months James Cameron has been looking at a number of potential candidates to direct a 3D remake of the 1966 sci-fi movie Fantastic Voyage. Talks with Bourne director Paul Greengrass didn’t work out, but now according to Deadline Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) has signed on to direct.
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. Apparently Cameron’s Avatar designers have done everything but build sets for the film, and the aim is to begin shooting later this year.
Levy made his name directing both Night at the Museum movies, and stayed with comedy for Date Night starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell. However Steven Spielberg gave him a shot at sci-fi with Real Steel (that robot boxing movie with Hugh Jackman) which is due for release in October. Fantastic Voyage is said to be CGI-heavy, which Levy should be able to handle following his work with rampaging T-Rex skeletons and fighting robots.