Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy has just signed on for more educational fun: 20th Century Fox and producer James Cameron have hired him to remake the reductionist* sci-fi classic, The Fantastic Voyage. The original 1966 film starred the likes of Raquel Welch and Stephen Boyd, who shrink themselves down to microscopic size in order to save the life of the man who shrank them down to microscopic size. The heroes enter the scientist’s body to repair a blood clot, but only have on hour to repair the damage before they return to normal size. If they’re not out his body in time, the potential for blood and guts and gore would outweigh the entire Saw franchise. Gross…
Levy beat out a number of arguably bigger** directors for the job, including Darren Aronofsky (The Wolverine), Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and Louis Leterrier (The Clash of the Titans). The remake has been in development hell for many years, and was once even rumored to be reimagined as a sequel to Independence Day, of all things. Deadline had the exclusive.
Levy is an unexpected choice for the film, having specialized in straightforward comedies up until recently, when he began shooting the upcoming action film Real Steel. I guess it takes (sm)all kinds.***
CRAVE Online will be back with more fanastical Voyage news as it arrives.
***This one’s just stupid. Sorry.