Shawn Levy directing FANTASTIC VOYAGE

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 7th, 2011

Talk about a way to kill any and all buzz.

Deadline is reporting that Fox has finally picked a director for the James Cameron-produced 3D remake of the FANTASTIC VOYAGE, and his name is Shawn Levy.

That’s right, the REAL STEEL and NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM helmer will direct this film (formerly put in the hands of Paul Greengrass), which is the studio’s re-imagining of the 1966 original, which follows a team of scientists who enter a friend’s body to save his life.

This comes after news of Fox’s backing of a yet-to-be-titled action/adventure pitch to be directed by Levy, so apparently either he is blackmailing the hell out of studio executives, or Fox sees something in REAL STEEL that has yet to be shown to us, as it appears the two have a loving marriage. 

The film will feature a script from Shane Salerno, with SHUTTER ISLAND scribe Laeta Kalogridis doing some polishing.

Personally, while I may not be the biggest fan of Levy as a filmmaker, this does kind of sound like an intriguing marriage. Kalogridis definitely adds a bit of interest to the project here, so while the addition of Levy definitely doesn’t bode all that well for the film, there has to be a reason why directors like Jonathan Mostow and Louis Leterrier were passed over for Levy (Deadline also mentions Darren Aronofsky and Timur Bekmambetov, but both are currently busy, so their passing has nothing to do with Levy).

More on this as it comes. What do you think?

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