James Cameron Offers ‘Fantastic Voyage’ Update

Published 3 years ago by

james cameron fantastic voyage James Cameron Offers Fantastic Voyage Update

20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Voyage remake appeared to have lost yet another director a couple months back, when currently-attached helmer Shawn Levy signed on for a new film adaptation of Frankenstein. However, while the latter project is reportedly moving ahead full steam, Levy remains set to call the shots on the former (ie. producer James Cameron’s latest 3D project).

Cameron opened up recently about the status of the Fantastic Voyage reworking, providing both an update on the status of the project – and revealing that certain aspects of the plot will differ significantly from its 1966 predecessor.

The original Oscar-winning Fantastic Voyage movie is a Cold War-set tale that revolves around a Soviet scientist who has determined how to perfect miniaturization technology so that it shrinks objects indefinitely. However, before he can reveal the scret, he is shot and left dying from a blood clot in his brain when he attempts to defect to the U.S. Thus, a team of American scientists have only a limited amount of time to shrink themselves down to microscopic size, enter the dying scientist’s body, destroy the clot in his brain, and get themselves back out.

Deadline has been informed by Cameron that the Fantastic Voyage remake switches out the sociopolitical narrative angle for more of a purely emotional one. That is, the plot will now involve a doctor whose marriage is on the rocks – when he is injected (in miniaturized form, naturally) into the body of his dying wife.

Cameron also revealed that Fantastic Voyage is also about “two thirds of the way there in the development process” – though, he did not give any sort of indication as to when cameras are expected to start rolling.

Real Steel Hugh Jackman Atom Review James Cameron Offers Fantastic Voyage Update

Hugh Jackman in 'Real Steel'

Levy’s most recent directorial effort, Real Steel, has been given an overall good critical reception and done well enough at the box office. Hence why it makes sense enough for Levy to employ a similar approach with Fantastic Voyage as he did with Real Steel: namely, one where he strives to successfully blend state-of-the-art effects with fantastical sci-fi genre elements, slick action set pieces, and heartfelt human drama.

While neither Levy or Cameron are universally-renowned for being emotionally-subtle storytellers, there are certainly a lot of people who would be interested in seeing them join forces to create a new effects-driven tentpole pic with “heart”. Plus, the promise of a tweaked plot and contemporary 3D visuals being used to realize the interior of the human body on the big screen could also entice longtime fans of the original Fantastic Voyage to give this remake a shot.

It looks like the next step for the new Fantastic Voyage is to lock down a respectable A-lister as its star. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective), sci-fi blockbuster megastar Will Smith appears to have passed on the opportunity. Levy also previously expressed an interest in reuniting with Jackman on Fantastic Voyage, but only time will tell if that’s actually a feasible option…


We will continue to keep you posted on Fantastic Voyage as the story develops.

Source: Deadline

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. As long as this re-boot does not go the way of Christian McIntire’s regrettable “Antibody”, Cameron’s “Voyage” should deliver (even without the cold war hook of the classic and insistence on using the dead 3D fad FX).

  2. 1) thank GOD that Will Smith desisted. I would so have hated for this film to get screwed up by his pathetic acting “skills”.

    2) DAMMIT! WHY did they have to go and change the story in that way? Making it some sort of lovey-dovey romantic thing just… doesn’t fly/float/swim/whatever.

    3) I don’t mind the 3-D. I’m certain that the medium of this story is particularly well-suited to a 3-D film. So far, some of the best 3-D in the past has been shot underwater.

    • Mike? You seem like one of those types who belly-ached when Liv Tyler made an appearance in Lord of the Rings, if only for 2% of the actual film.

      What I am trying to say is don’t worry about the film becoming a “lovey-dovey romantic thing.” Hollywood is run by sexist, anti-women producers/screenwriters, who love explosions and insert women in films just to attract the other 50% of their market.

      • Tom? as a screenwriter, not all of us are “sexiest, anti-women producers/screenwriters”, I think its a welcome and interesting change of story, and pace, defiantly opens up on both a physical & emotional Level.I think we can see something good here or it will end up like Criton’s Book Micro. we just have to wait and see, also stop being a negative Nacey, It doesn’t look good on you or anyone else.

  3. I don’t know this could be toss-up. Asimov’s rendition “Destination Brain” isn’t universally liked and Kleiner and Duncan’s script seems obsolete. Perhaps they should look at adapting “Fantastic Voyage: Microcosm” or better yet make the story about capturing an Alien micro-organism that invaded a human and has made him or her a host. The end game could get more confrontational and it could play out something like ‘Armageddon’ (1998)…

  4. Ah, but what actress can so awesomely fill out a wetsuit the way Raquel Welch did, hmmm?


  5. Hugh Jackman is perfect for a film like this.

    It’s disappointing to see this remake continue to sit on the back burner. I heard about this back in 2008 I believe.