Shaky-cam connoisseur Paul Greengrass has a new gig to follow his here today gone tomorrow Iraq war film, Green Zone. The movie didn’t fair that well at the box office when it opened a few weeks ago, so the director is ready to shift creative gears. According to THR, he’s in talks to direct the big screen remake of the 1966 film, Fantastic Voyage.
Fantastic Voyage has been in development hell over at 20th Century Fox for what seems like ages, but the studio has managed to grab Greengrass’ attention and he’s currently in negotiations to direct. The sci-fi thriller will be produced by James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and feature plenty of updated special effects to make it attractive to today’s audiences.
The original film centered on a crew of “scientists who are shrunk to atomic size and sent on a miniature submarine to save the life of a defecting Soviet scientist.” The remake will stick closely to the original story with the exception of the Cold War era innuendo. We’re also hearing that it, like 5 other films I’ve written about today, will be produced in 3D.
Fantastic Voyage has had a slew of directors show interest in it including Roland Emmerich and Tarsem Singh, but no one committed. I’m down for seeing Greengrass do something new, but something tells me he won’t be able to keep the camera stationary in a scene for more than 10 seconds.
Do you think Paul Greengrass should direct Fantastic Voyage? Who should take on the remake?