20th Century Fox and James Cameron eyed numerous filmmakers to helm their upcoming 3D remake of the classic sci-fi adventure Fantastic Voyage, and ultimately selected Shawn Levy for the job. As it were, Levy is now eying a noteworthy actor to headline his new project – none other than his Real Steel leading man, Hugh Jackman.
The new Fantastic Voyage could potentially end up being the fourth collaboration between Levy and Jackman after this fall’s Real Steel, the pair’s upcoming untitled action-adventure pic, and a planned Real Steel sequel. Clearly these two gentlemen have established an excellent working relationship.
Just about a month and a half ago, getting Jackman to appear in Fantastic Voyage would’ve been (pardon the phrase) a pipe dream for Levy – what with The Wolverine being on the verge of starting production. As Deadline has pointed out, that X-Men flick is basically in a state of limbo right now; it will eventually happen, no doubt, but Fox is seemingly no longer fast-tracking the project to make its originally-planned Summer 2012 release date.
Universal recognized that last month, and offered Jackman the starring role in Snow White and the Huntsman (that of the Huntsman, I mean ;-)) while he waits for Wolverine 2 to get underway. The actor declined that offer, but I suspect he’ll be more open to re-teaming with Levy on a new sci-fi adventure – and with both Fox studio heads and Cameron pushing for Fantastic Voyage to begin filming ASAP, Jackman will probably be less concerned about potential scheduling conflicts with his other projects.
Here is an official synopsis for the 1966 Fantastic Voyage film:
An elite team of medical and scientific specialists race to save a top government scientist who is suffering from a blood clot on the brain. Their mission: be reduced along with their submarine-like craft to microscopic size, enter the bloodstream of the ailing scientist, and journey to the brain to perform an emergency procedure. With only sixty minutes to complete their mission, the scientist find themselves fighting off an attack by white corpuscles, caught in a tornado-like storm in the lungs, and struggling to survive sabotage from one of their own.
The original Fantastic Voyage is still generally well-regarded and took home Oscars for both Best Art Direction and Visual Effects back in the day. If nothing else, that film’s effects – while great by 1966 standards – are a bit dated now, so the remake can definitely mark an improvement, in terms of its polished visuals.
Plus, unlike the last film that Cameron produced (Sanctum), there are actually multiple solid talents working behind the scenes on Fantastic Voyage, including Levy and Shutter Island screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis. So that should (hopefully) help the remake stand on its own.
We’ll keep you posted on the status of Fantastic Voyage as more information is released.