Paul Greengrass out of FANTASTIC VOYAGE

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 20th, 2010

Well, that was a quick little engagement.

It appears, according to Deadline, that just about a month and a half after being named as the director of the upcoming 3D remake of the sci-fi classic FANTASTIC VOYAGE, that Paul Greengrass has officially left the film. The reason? The outlet is reporting that the filmmaker ditched the film in the hopes of working on a new adaptation of the legendary Robert Louis Stevenson tale, Treasure Island, which is currently at home with Warner Bros.  Reports first linked Greengrass to both VOYAGE and ISLAND, but he appeared to have chosen VOYAGE instead. Well, today, that’s not the case.

Personally, while I was interested in the film prior to Greengrass’ attachment, I can’t help but imagine what that film could have looked like in the hands of the shaky cam auteur. The film follows a group of scientists who must shrink themselves to enter the body of a fellow scientist to wake him out of a coma, and would have been one of the more interesting 3D outings of recent memory. Throw in Greengrass’ signature style, and you have the makings of one of the more intriguing projects currently in the works. Well, now that same interest is just shifted to his new take on the legendary pirate tale.

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