Shawn Levy Set To Direct ‘Fantastic Voyage’ Remake

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 23rd, 2013 at 3:58 pm,

James Cameron has been searching for a filmmaker to helm his latest 3D cinematic expedition into an exotic world, a remake of the 1966 sci-fi venture Fantastic Voyage, and has at last found his man in the form of Night at the Museum and Real Steel director, Shawn Levy.

Levy has been recruited by 20th Century Fox and Cameron to direct the motion picture – a project that will require copious amounts of CGI to realize its extravagant setting: the interior of a human body.

Deadline has confirmed that Levy is onboard for its new-and-improved Fantastic Voyage, which Louis Leterrier was previously in contention to direct. Levy has a strong background in mainstream comedy and humorous, F/X heavy blockbuster fare, but seemingly broadened his horizons a bit with his upcoming boxing robots with heart flick, Real Steel. That in combination with Levy’s strong record at the box office likely made him too enticing a candidate to pass over for Fox and Cameron alike.

For those unfamiliar with the original film, Fantastic Voyage follows a group of scientists who use advanced miniaturization technology to shrink themselves so that they may repair a blood clot in an ailing colleague’s brain by literally entering his body. Screenwriting duties for the remake were taken up by Shane Salerno (Armageddon), and his script is currently being fine-tuned by Shutter Island scriber Laeta Kalogridis.

Unlike the currently-playing 3D exploration pic produced by Cameron, Sanctum, Fantastic Voyage will be shot primarily on location in a sound studio and require its stars to interact largely in a green screen setting – so that animation technicians can later create a world of human blood cells and organelles around them. Expect Levy’s new sci-fi project to otherwise be of a similar blend and also feature characters in a high-octane race against time as they struggle to survive in a harsh, dangerous environment.

Sanctum 2 Shawn Levy Set To Direct Fantastic Voyage Remake

Cave explorers struggling to survive in Cameron’s ‘Sanctum’.

Fantastic Voyage is certainly a film that stands to benefit from the immersive nature of the 3D format and should deliver some dazzling, photo-realistic visuals that capture the illusion of traveling inside a living and breathing being as well as any practical set could. The quality of the flick will also depends on Levy’s ability to get moviegoers emotionally invested in and rooting for the people on this quest, which is where things get trickier. If Real Steel ends up having as strong an emotional core as Levy says it does, there’s a good chance he’ll be able to balance style with substance again in Fantastic Voyage as well.

What do you think of Levy being brought on to direct Fantastic Voyage?

Source: Deadline

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  1. The old movie “Inner space” comes to mind :p

  2. This might be a good remake. But seriously, can’t this just be reworked and made into a different film with a similar premise? Nobody remember the original “Fantastic Voyage” Most of the people who see this weren’t even born when it came out.

    • I remember it a bit…and I’m only 33. Stuck in my mind…and here’s why…

      Spoilers:
      Donald Pleasance gets eaten by a big white blood cell that looks like a hungry cloud. Terrifying.

      • Not forgetting Raquel Welch in a white wetsuit either… ;-)

    • Nobody remembers the original? How many SF films do you know that can boast a novelisation (and an unfilmed sequel) written by Isaac Asimov?

      Who’s Isaac Asimov, you say? Never mind…

      As TJBudz says above, this has already been reworked and made into a different film with a similar premise by Joe Dante with Innerspace, or is 1987 ancient history as well?

      • Besides which, if no one remembers it, isn’t that all the more reason (from the filmmakers’ point of view) to remake it?

      • Is 1987 ancient history as well?

        Well, it WAS the last time MTV played music videos…LOL!

  3. James Cameron is involved?? Well of course I won’t go and see it now.

  4. This is a great opportunity to redo a classic, but like “The Andromeda Strain,” could fall flat for many reasons. For me The Andromeda remake failed to generate the drama, tension, and personal dynamics that would have made it a success. Wildfire remade didn’t impress either. The thing is, the fantastic ideas to this voyage have been brought to the screen once already, and while the original is dated, many of the ideas would be hard to top.

    Shrinking people and machines to microscopic size. The use of surgical Lasers inside the body. Monitoring treatment with the electromagnetic spectrum. Computer controlled medicine. Then there’s the questionable stuff. Does a microscopic nuclear powered sub qualify as nuclear medicine? Then again things have progressed on some fronts that make the original movie look quaint. Such as medical animation.

    http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2010/03/fantastic-voyage-mind-boggling-medical.html?showComment=1268300880166

    Or even just something every day like Cellular Phone technology, versus the wireless telegraph used in the original film…

    • That’s the paradox a remake’s going to face, old man: vastly superior effects, but, 3-D notwithstanding, the “wow” factor completely absent due to that style of CGI being familiar to anyone who’s ever watched an ad for indigestion tablets…

      Totally agree about The Andromeda Strain – that remake was appalling and disgraceful in its sheer bland nothingness.

  5. Telegraph versus cell phone…I’d bet on the telegraph as it still works around the world where as the cell phone stops working everytime the weather takes out the cell phone tower (here at least).

    I’d like to see a non-stop faster paced action packed remake showing how critical and dangereous the human body is to foreign invasion as they race to beat the 60 minute clock. Maybe have the characters be forced to navigate through a more damaged body. Fix the technical flaws and upgrade the submarine and I’m good for a new Voyage!

    • Weather inside a building? We’re talking local transmitters not something way off site. Besides their’s nothing magic about Morse code that makes it clearer than say digital binary packet encoding. With digital you get error correction that you don’t get with Morse code. Although some familiarity in certain services is still required Morse Code has been abandoned in favor of GMDSS. The U.S. Coast guard stopped listening for Morse code transmissions back in the 90′s. I seriously doubt if a modern audience could identify with it’s use in a deus ex machina scenario. It would’ve been like using the teletype problem in the original “Andromeda Strain” in the remake, not that they did any better dramatically, just a more up to date problem/solution would be expected.

      I wholeheartedly agree with you on the extreme violence in the world of the small though. The forces have been stumping scientists to get those micro machine cell repair technologies going for years now…

  6. I was 11 years old when Fantastic Voyage came out. The script was predicatable and mediocre (so Hollywood: what else is new?), but the visual effects, for their time, were astonishing, so much so that it received an academy award for visual effects (of course, great visual effects do not a great story make). I would love to see Werner Hertzog direct the remake. For those who are around the age of 25, weren’t born when the original came out, rent it and watch it rather than being closed-minded and say things like, “It’s an old movie”. Some of the greatest movies ever made are “old movies”. The original FANTASTIC VOAYGE isn’t a great film, but it’s fun to watch.

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  8. Better Levy than the bloke who directed Clash of the Titans, although I don’t want to this ruined for the sake of making it a PG-13, solet’s keep the naughty antibodies and the hungry phagocyte, although perhaps cut down the inane philosophising from the ’66 film.

    I bet Sam Worthington or Chris Evans will take the lead heroic role.
    Hopefully the actress who plays Cora will do justice to the white swimsuit.

  9. sorry don’t want to ‘see’ this ruined…

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