We try to stay as optimistic as possible around these parts. Even if we're not exactly enthused by a particular film attachment -- be it in the casting department or behind the scenes -- we try to keep an open mind about it. Some news requires you to try just a little bit harder. This is one such story.
Shawn Levy has been hired by 20th Century Fox and James Cameron to direct a remake of the classic 1966 sci-fi film 'Fantastic Voyage.' Yes, the director of 'The Pink Panther' and both 'Night at the Museum' films will be shrinking down a team of scientists to go adventuring around inside a human body. And it will all be in 3D, of course.
Our dwindled optimism isn't because Levy is a bad choice for such a premise; it's because he's exactly the kind of choice you'd expect the studio to make. He's a broad-appeal, commerical director through-and-through, which leads us to worry that as far as big-budget "re-imaginings" go, 'Fantastic Voyage' is going to be more 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' than, say, 'Star Trek.'
Shane Salerno, whose last feature-film credit is 'Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem,' wrote the screenplay, though Deadline tells us that 'Avatar' producer and 'Shutter Island' screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis has been hired for a new draft. Cast and crew beyond those previously mentioned are unknown at this stage.