Talk about a dream team movie crew! It sounds like Guillermo del Toro and James Cameron are getting together to work on the project ‘Fantastic Voyage.’ On the one hand, I’m sad that ‘Pacific Rim 2‘ has been put on the backburner indefinitely though it does free del Toro up to work with one of the best filmmakers in the business. Of course, excitement fades a bit when we realize that they are doing a remake and not something completely original. At least it is of the 1966 classic ‘Fantastic Voyage‘ whose special effects are dated to the point where a fresh coat of paint with proper acting could make this one a worthwhile adventure for them to bring to life.
I won’t lie. I’m a little on the fence here as I can’t stand remakes but I’m excited to see these two working together. It helps that David Goyer wrote the treatment for the film and Justin Rhodes will be working with him on the script.
Clearly with those involved this is going to be a big picture and it has already been hinted that it will be one of the studio’s tentpole films. The movie itself will follow a team of scientists who have been shrunk down to miniature size and sent within the body of another scientist to save his life. Yes, concepts from this may have played out in ‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids’, ‘Innerspace’, and even ‘Ant-Man,’ but ‘Fantastic Voyage’ was the movie that started the trend. What will be interesting is how they update it to take in account that the scientist who they are saving in the original film was a defector during the Cold War and if any kind of politics will even play into the remake.
Or a different route they could go would perhaps have the star be someone who is willing to shrink down and partake in such a dangerous mission to save the person that they love. It would fit in with the rumored change of turning this into a love story.
Honestly, instead of a remake I really wish del Toro and Cameron would go back with their idea for H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ and get the funds from a different studio so that would see the light of day.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter