Greengrass Directing New Fantastic Voyage?

A still from the original Fantastic Voyage
A still from the original Fantastic Voyage

Variety are reporting that Paul Greengrass (UNITED 93, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM) is circling the directing gig for the new remake of FANTASTIC VOYAGE. The 1966 sci-fi classic is being revamped by 20th Century Fox is apparently to be shot with James Cameron’s (ALIENS, AVATAR) patented 3D technology.

Considering Greengrass’s filmography, with his penchant for the hand-held documentary style and politically edgy content, the news that he’ll be directing a family friendly, summer blockbuster is rather surprising. The original film is a sci-fi classic concerning a terminally ill scientist whose colleges agree to be shrunk down and injected into his body in order to fight his ailment.
If Greengrass does end up behind the camera on FANTASTIC VOYAGE it’d be a big shift in tone for the director and it’ll be interesting to see what he comes up with. Shane Salerno (ARMAGEDDON, AVP: REQUIEM) is currently writing the script, with no release date yet set.

Western Godzilla Reboot in the Works

The 1998 American version of Gojira
The 1998 American version of Gojira

Get ready to scrub your brains free of the god-awful 1998 remake of GORJIRA by Roland Emmerich (2012, INDEPENDENCE DAY), because a deal has just been struck to get a new remake of the Japanese classic in production. According to Bloody Disgusting both Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are teaming up to bring a reboot to our screens in the near future, just recently having closed a deal with Japanese rights-holders, Toho.

Godzilla is one of the world’s most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise,

Thomas Tull, CEO of Legendary Pictures tells The Hollywood Reporter,

Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop culturally relevant for as long as it has.

A big statement to live up to indeed, especially given American film-makers track record when dealing with the horror icon, but one that sounds promising. No director or writers have been attached to the project thus far but it seems unlikely that Emmerich will be returning, given his lack of enthusiasm for a GODZILLA sequel in the past. It does, given its popularity at the moment, seem highly likely that the film will be shot in 3D, the IMAX format, or both.
Both studios are aiming to get their GODZILLA reboot out by 2012. What do you think, is another American remake of GORJIRA worth the hassle?

Buck Rogers Remake to be Directed by Paul WS Anderson

Director Paul WS Anderson at Comic-Con
Director Paul WS Anderson at Comic-Con

According to Deadline New York the new film adaptation of BUCK ROGERS is back on track and Paul WS Anderson (EVENT HORIZON, AVP) is set to direct. Originally Frank Miller was meant to be calling the shots but after the box office and critical failure that was THE SPIRIT, Anderson has managed to convince rights holders Paradox that he’s the man for the job.
Sci-fi favourite Buck Rogers has been a highly profitable and durable franchise, starting life as a short story written by Philip Francis Nowlan way back in 1928. Since then the character has featured in comic strips, radio plays, computer games and several film and TV adaptations. A new entry into the film cannon has been on the cards for some time now and it’s good to see it finally coming to fruition. Choosing Anderson as director, on the other hand, is not such a promising development. The director has rarely done anything of merit, prefering to reel out terrible video game adaptations such as MORTAL KOMBAT and RESIDENT EVIL over the course of his career.
The project is still in the early stages of development, with IRON MAN scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway set to write the script, so no release date has been set. What do you think, is Paul WS Anderson the man to direct the new BUCK ROGERS?