Yesterday it was announced that Avatar co-writer Laeta Kalogridis would would be rewriting the script for James Cameron's remake of the 1966 sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage. The big question on my mind was who will end up directing the film? Paul Greengrass was looking at directing it at one point, but he never committed. Tarsem, Darren Aronofsky and Timur Bekmambetov have also been approached to possibly direct the film. Now it looks like Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier may take on the big budget 3D sci-fi film project. According to Deadline Leterrier is Cameron's top choice. Why? I have no idea, I don't think Leterrier has what it takes to make an epic sci-fi film like Fantastic Voyage. I absolutely hated Clash of the Titans, it was such a waste.
The original film was made during the Cold War, and revolved around a team of scientists who are shrunk to atomic size and sent on a miniature submarine to save the life of a defecting Soviet scientist. The story then followed the biological adventures the team encounters in trying to save the scientist and themselves. The new film will follow the original story, except the Cold War element will not be there.
A lot of the the films preparation has already been done. "Cameron's Avatar designers have done everything but build sets for a film that could be ready to shoot early in 2011." This is going be a very ambitious 3D film and I just don't think Leterrier is talented enough to pull it off. I know he directed The Incredible Hulk as well, but I think Edward Norton had more to do with how that movie was made than he did.
What do you all think about Leterrier possibly directing Fantastic Voyage?