He’s shown us magical, frightening worlds full of monsters, giant robots, forest nymphs, and demonic heroes, but it looks like Guillermo del Toro‘s next film will take us somewhere we’ve never seen him go: inside of the human body. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the Crimson Peak and Pan’s Labyrinth director will be taking the reins of Fox’s remake of the 1966 sci-fi/adventure spectacular, Fantastic Voyage.
The project had been in James Cameron‘s hands for quite awhile, and in fact, we reported back in May of 2014 that Cameron had hired writer David Goyer to write the treatment and script. Cameron will still make use of Goyer’s script and produce from his production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, along with Twentieth Century Fox. Ever the hands-on creator, del Toro will work with Goyer on the script from here on out.
The original Fantastic Voyage, directed by Richard Fleischer, is a sci-fi story wherein a group of scientists have to shrink down to the size of microbes to go inside the bloodstream of a defected Soviet scientist who has developed a way to make shrinking indefinite and save him from a blood clot following an assassination attempt. I doubt the Goyer/del Toro version will maintain the Cold War element, but who knows? The movie is, however, a special effects extravaganza and the model work of the ship and creation of giant versions of bodily systems are still a landmark in movie technology.
Along with the news about Fantastic Voyage comes the news that the much-ballyhooed Pacific Rim 2 project del Toro has been working on has been shelved indefinitely. I suppose we’ll all have to be content with giant White Blood Cell attacks instead of kaiju.
Are you stoked for del Toro’s take on the inside of the human body? Will there be a Faun inside that too? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
HT: The Hollywood Reporter
Image: Twentieth Century Fox
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