Shawn Levy to Direct 3D Remake of FANTASTIC VOYAGE for James Cameron and Fox

     February 7, 2011

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Last May, we reported that Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass was circling a 3D remake of the 1966 sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage which would be produced by James Cameron.  Sadly, Greengrass passed on the project and more-sadly, they have now signed Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy to the project. For those unfamiliar with the original, the story centers on a group of scientists who shrink themselves in order to enter a colleague’s body and save him from a blood clot.  The remake was penned by Shane Salerno (Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem) with a polish by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island).  According to Deadline, the film will be almost exclusively CGI once the scientists enter the body.

Hit the jump for more on Levy’s hiring and other projects he has in the pipeline.

Deadline reports that while other directors were considered for the gig, Levy is a “Fox favorite who is broadening beyond comedies into bigger fare.”  That “bigger fare” includes the robot-boxing drama Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman, which is due out later this year.  And as we reported last week, Jackman and Levy are re-teaming for an untitled action/adventure project that will be set up at Fox.

A 3D remake of Fantastic Voyage could be an exciting flick, but I don’t see that happening with Levy at the helm.  At best, he’s a journeyman director who doesn’t get in the way, but as he’s shown with the action-scenes from Night at the Museum 2 and Date Night, he’s not adept at putting together exhilarating set pieces.  I’m willing to have my mind changed by Real Steel (Steve liked the footage he saw when he visited the editing bay), but at this point, I’m less-than-enthused about his hiring.

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