AVATAR Executive Producer Laeta Kalogridis Reunites with James Cameron to Rewrite FANTASTIC VOYAGE

     October 22, 2010

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In the latest “movies about people being miniaturized and sent into another human being’s body through a tiny submarine” news, Laeta Kalogridis, who helped out on the script for James Cameron’s Avatar, has been hired to rewrite the script for the Fantastic Voyage remake.  Cameron is producing the film, which is a remake of the 1966 sci-fi flick. Heat Vision reports that Kalogridis, who wrote the fantastic Shutter Island, as well as the less than fantastic Alexander, will be joining Shane Salerno (the Shaft remake) and Cormac and Marianne Wibberly (the National Treasure films) on a growing list of writers who have attempted to tackle this script.

The original Voyage centers on a group of scientists who are shrunk down to miniscule size and sent inside the body of another scientist in order to save his life.  As we previously reported, Paul Greengrass (the last two Bourne films) considered directing for a while, but eventually dropped out.  Currently, the film is without a director.  For more on the project, hit the jump.

It’s unknown exactly how close to the original Cameron’s remake is going to be, but he previously claimed it would be “quite different.”  The remake is also expected to be shot in 3D (of course).  Personally, my favorite “shrink people down and put them into other people” movie is 1987’s Innerspace (Remember that one? Dennis Quaid gets injected into Martin Short, who then creepily falls for Quaid’s girlfriend played by Meg Ryan, all while Quaid is hangin out in Short’s stomach and eyeballs. Yeah…)

Anyway, a big budget 3D sci-fi flick from James Cameron is sure to be entertaining, and I loved Kalogridis’ adaptation of Shutter Island. She’s also writing the live-action 3D remake of the 1995 animated film Ghost in the Shell for producer Avi Arad and DreamWorks, as well as doing some rewrite work on Nine Lives for Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney.

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