Daily Variety reports that Spectacle filmmaker Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day) has signed on to direct 20th Century Fox’s remake of the 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage. The original, which starred Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence, was remarkably pulled off without the benefit of digital effects technology, but be prepared to see plenty of it in update.
In Fantastic Voyage, scientists are shrunken to microscopic proportions and injected into a human body in order to save a dying man via nano surgery. Screenwriters Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, who penned the Nicholas Cage blockbuster National Treasure, are reportedly in talks to put a fresh coat on the original screenplay by Harry Kleiner.
Emmerich, who was originally attached to the project with then partner Dean Devlin about ten years ago, will produce the remake with his Centropolis Ent. partner Michael Wimer and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Ent. The filmmaker’s latest picture, the CG-laden prehistoric adventure 10,000 B.C., will be released by Warner Bros. on March 7.