James Cameron poised to make Fantastic Voyage
Rehash promises Avatar-style CG trickery
20th Century Fox is moving forward with plans to remake 1966 sci-fi movie Fantastic Voyage, with James Cameron on board as producer and pensmith Shane Salerno (Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem) tasked with adapting the original.
Fox has yet to appoint a director for the project. According to Variety, Roland Emmerich was linked to the film before he went off to helm 2012. Rumours suggest Tarsem Singh (The Fall) might be a candidate to take the controls.
Cameron's Fantastic Voyage will use the same "pricey 3-D and digital technology" which he deployed on Avatar. So pricey was the tech that an Avatar sequel may well be in the offing, as Fox attempts to recoup its up-front investment.
Talking to reporters at the London premiere of Avatar yesterday, Cameron said: “When I pitched it to Fox, they said, ‘We’ve spent a lot of money creating all these assets, all these CG mountains, plants, trees, leaves, flowers, bugs’ - everything you saw up there on screen had been made by people at workstations over a period of years and so they have value.
“So in terms of the pitch it was: OK, you’ve spent a lot of money on the first one; on the second one we’ll be able to amortize it and focus on the story and all that... and they bought that.”
The original Fantastic Voyage starred Stephen Boyd, Donald Pleasence and Raquel Welch. The latter will presumably be digitally recreated should Cameron fail to find an actress who can match her impressive screen credentials. ®
How does the cost of making it matter?
I saw Cameron talking about Avatar on breakfast TV this morning, and to my astonishment he asserted that though the film cost a huge amount to make, the ticket price remained the same, so we should all go and see it because it's such good value for money. What a wanker.
Get the DVD of Dead Snow and watch that instead. What's not to love?
Tip of the Iceberg
Akira, Conan, Cowboy Bebop, The Crazies, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dune, Escape from New York, Flash Gordon, Forbidden Planet, Ghost in the Shell 3-D, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Judge Dredd, Red Sonja, Robocop 3-D, Short Circuit, They Live, Total Recall, When Worlds Collide, X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
All these are currently in production (again), release dates slated for 2011 / 2012
Other ones to watch out for.. Tron II, The Black Hole, Alien The Prequel and Enders Game.
Flash Traffic: - Ghostbusters III - Sigourney Weaver claims to have been offered a role
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Forget Megan Fox; Racquel still looks pretty damned good.
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