Posted on 31 October 2011 by Rich Drees
Last month, it looked like director Shawn Levy may have walked off of Twentieth Century Fox’s planned remake of 1966′s Fantastic Voyage. The director and the studio were reported to be having a rough time settling on casting choices and Levy had just signed on to develop Fox’s Frankenstein movie, leading to speculation that he had left the former project.
James Cameron, who is producing the film for Fox, has dismissed those speculations, stating to Deadline that Levy is still on the project and that script development is about two thirds done.
Cameron also elaborated a bit on the twist they are giving to the original film’s story of a team of scientists who are shrunk down to microscopic level in order to perform a delicate operation inside the brain of a defector from the Soviet Union.
“I gave him my idea about how this should be turned into a love story and he’s really run with it,” says Cameron, who noted that the script (originally written by Shane Salerno) with its complex premise has to be just right before it can get to the production level. Cameron says it’s about two thirds of the way there in the development process. Much like Titanic the new Voyage has a real emotional core to it, basically dealing with a doctor going through troubled times in his marriage who finds himself injected into his gravely ill wife in order to save her life. Apparently, once he gets to the brain, things really heat up.
That’s an interesting twist to the material, but the husband-wife dynamic does sound vaguely reminiscent of Cameron’s own The Abyss.
And even though Levy is still attached, it appears as if Fantastic Voyage may be awhile before the film finally gets into production. With a sequel to his currently-in-theaters Real Steel is still only being discussed and Frankenstein doesn’t have a finished script either, Levy only has The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto, a prequel to Pinocchio that Fox recently bought as a spec script for Levy to direct as the film that is possibly closest to happening first.
Posted on 01 September 2011 by Rich Drees
Shawn Levy has signed on to direct Twentieth Century Fox’s planned retelling of the Frankenstein story.
Variety’s Showblitz is reporting that the director has just signed on to direct the project that the studio is developing. Max Landis is currently writing a treatment for the film.
Unclear, however, is Levy’s status in relation to Fox’s planned remake of Fantastic Voyage. Last month, we told you that Levy and the studio were not seeing eye-to-eye on matters of casting for the film and that if they couldn’t come to an agreement he would leave the project. The Frankenstein film was one potential replacement job that Levy had been considering.
Levy beat out several other high profile directors for this film including Paul Greengrass, who had also been briefly attached to Fantastic Voyage, and David Yates for the gig.
Posted on 18 August 2011 by Rich Drees
Director Shawn Levy may walk off the James Cameron-produced remake of Fantastic Voyage if studio Twentieth Century Fox doesn’t allow him to cast a major star as the film’s lead.
The Hollywood Reporter has put together a story that states that the director has begun to look at possibly moving on to other projects if Fox doesn’t relent on their reticence for casting a big star, with a big salary, to headline the film’s cast. The film is already looking to be fairly expensive due to the heavy amount of CGI needed to realize its story of a submarine being shrunk to microscopic size and injected into a dying scientist to save his life.
Of course, there is one star who Fox feels could be a big enough draw to justify their large salary quote and that is Will Smith. And by good fortune Levy is supposed to meet with him in a couple of weeks about the film. But sources are saying that if Smith doesn’t sign on for the film Levy may very well walk.
For his part, Smith already has a few projects that he’s looking at, including one with M. Night Shyamalan that he will star in with his son Jayden.
If Levy walks, Fox will be back to square one in trying to attract a director. Levy also wouldn’t be the first director to have left this project. Paul Greengrass and Louis Letterier were also set to helm the film but dropped out.
Posted on 07 February 2011 by Rich Drees
Twentieth Century Fox has picked Shawn Levy to direct their remake of the 1966 science-fiction classic Fantastic Voyage. The film is being produced by James Cameron so of course the film will be in 3D.
With a resume filled with comedy films such as the Cheaper By The Dozen remake, the two Night At The Museum films and last spring’s Date Night, Levy certainly doesn’t sound like a conventional choice. But the two Museum films have certainly given him a background in visual effects and he currently has the science-fiction action flick Real Steel in post-production. Perhaps the studio execs have seen something in that project that has indicated to them that he can handle this film.
Levy has beat out some pretty stiff competition for the job, with Darren Aronofsky, Timur Balmambetov, Peter Greengrass, Jonathan Mostow and Louis Laterrier all being considered by the studio.
The 1966 original, directed by Richard Fleischer, told the story of minituraized surgical team inserted into the body of a scientist to repair brain damage from an assassination attempt from the inside. Besides racing against time, the group must fight off the scientist’s own immune system as well as a saboteur in their ranks. Although it had an imaginative story and some good special effect work for its time, the movie is still best remembered by some for the image of star Raquel Welch in a white, skin tight wet suit.
Posted on 20 May 2010 by Rich Drees
Wondering what director Paul Greengrass is going to do now that he has decided to not return for a fourth Bourne film? He seems to be wondering what his next project will be as well.
One film he won’t be doing is the 3D remake of Fantastic Voyage being developed at Twentieth Century Fox by producer James Cameron. Although there has been buzz circulating for a while that Greengrass was close to signing on to the project, Deadline is now reporting that he is passing. Instead, it looks as if Greengrass is circling a new version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island being developed by Sherlock Holmes producer Lionel Wigram over at the Warner Brothers lot. Reportedly the Greengrass, Wigram and Warners will need to agree on a screenwriter before Greengrass will make his participation official.
In the meantime, Greengrass is getting ready to shoot They Marched Into Sunlight from a script by J. Michael Straczynski for a 2013 release.
Much like Fox’s Planet Of The Apes reboot, Fox has had a remake of Fantastic Voyage, their 1966 science-fiction classic best remembered for Raquel Welch in a white skin diving suit, in development for some time. Roland Emmerich was attached to the project back in 2007. It now looks like producers Cameron and Jon Landau are back to looking for someone else do direct the Shane Salerno script that everyone seems to be enthusiastic about.