Guillermo del Toro In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Voyage’ Remake

Acclaimed and much loved director Guillermo del Torro is in talks to direct the muck discussed movie reboot of 'Fantastic Voyage'.

Acclaimed and much loved director Guillermo del Torro is in talks to direct the muck discussed movie reboot of ‘Fantastic Voyage’.

The original film starred  Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence and to this day is one of the most talked about science fiction movies to come out of the 1960’s.

The story centred on a daring experiment in the world of micro surgery. In which a team of surgeons are shrunk down inside a submarine type vessel in order to traverse their patients blood stream in order to save his life. The film, which was based on a screenplay by Harry Kleiner is such a classic that even the recent 8th season of ‘Doctor Who’ tipped its hat to it in the episode ‘Into The Dalek’.

According to Hollywood Reporter del Torro is in talks to helm the remake of the film.

The director is currently at a loose end due to his plans for ‘Pacific Rim 2’ having to  be shelved for the time being. But ‘Fantastic Voyage’ would be a good fit for the director who has a natural affinity with science fiction and fantasy.

The remake is being produced by Twentieth Century Fox and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

Should these talks prove successful they would reunite del Torro with fellow director James Cameron and screenwriter David Goyer, the writer of his vampire action movie, Blade 2. Goyer wrote the treatment and, with Justin Rhodes, the script for the newVoyage. The two will continue to work on the development of the script.

The new film is aimed at being an event-sized tentpole for the studio, which has not dated the project.

Cameron, Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini are producing through their Lightstorm banner. Goyer will also executive produce.

Matt Reilly is overseeing for Fox.

Del Toro was to have followed up Crimson Peak with Pacific Rim 2, a sequel to his Legendary Pictures mechas-versus-monsters 2013 pic. However, that project was taken off the release schedule, initially for more development. But sources now say the sequel is off the table indefinitely, leaving del Toro wide open to choose his next project.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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