Writer and director Guillermo del Toro has proven his versatility and creativity with movies that go from dark fairy tales (Pan's Labyrinth) to science fiction monster films (Pacific Rim) - all of them with a distinctive touch of fantasy and breath-taking aesthetic.
Moreover, del Toro is always busy working on something, whether a movie, book, or TV show – such as FX's The Strain, based on the books written by del Toro and Chuck Hogan – and not only as director, but also as writer and/or producer, as he has done with movies like Puss in Boots and the The Hobbit trilogy. His latest work as director was the Gothic romance Crimson Peak, and it might not be long until he starts working on another movie as director - as he is reportedly in talks to helm a Fantastic Voyage remake.
THR is reporting that del Toro is in negotiations to develop and direct a Fantastic Voyage remake, which is being made by Twentieth Century Fox and James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment. David S. Goyer – with whom del Toro worked with in Blade II – wrote the latest treatment for this remake, with both Goyer and del Toro reportedly continuing to work on the development of the script.
Fantastic Voyage is a 1966 sci-fi film written by Harry Kleiner and directed by Richard Fleischert. The story follows a submarine crew who shrink to microscopic size and venture into the body of an injured scientist in order to repair brain damage. Fleischer added a Cold War element to the story, with said injured scientist in a coma after an assassination attempt. Voyage was later adapted into novels and comics, as well as an animated series in 1968.
The next project on del Toro's list was the sequel to Pacific Rim, which has gone through some pre-production obstacles, including being taken off Legendary Pictures' release schedule. According to THR's sources, Pacific Rim 2 is off the table indefinitely, meaning del Toro is free to take on a different project. There's no update yet on whether or not del Toro still intends to make the low-budget vampire movie Silva next (e.g. before Fantastic Voyage), though.
Fantastic Voyage is a project that fits Guillermo del Toro's style, as it combines science-fiction with a touch of suspense and darkness – things are definitely not simple for a crew shrunk to atomic size, traveling through another person's body. Hopefully, del Toro will take on this project and will stay with it until the end, as multiple times before he has ended up having to abandon an otherwise incredible-soudnign project for reasons (be it his full schedule or the lack of an official green light).
Screen Rant will keep you posted on additional details regarding the remake of Fantastic Voyage.