– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Guillermo del Toro is a name that has definitely made its impact on Hollywood in a big way. From his commendable take on the Hellboy character to his dark fairy tale, “Pan’s Labyrinth,” del Toro has his name in the mix whenever the term “visionary director” is thrown around. Sure, his films may be polarizing, but you can always expect to find a unique flavor in any movie that boasts his involvement. Following the completion of his recent gothic horror film, “Crimson Peak,” the director was hard at work on a follow up to his 2013 Kaiju homage film, “Pacific Rim.” However, as was reported some time ago, the film has since been shelved. But as with all creative people in Hollywood, del Toro isn’t letting a little stumble keep him down.

According to THR, the director is now in talks to develop and direct a remake of the 1966 science fiction film “Fantastic Voyage.” This project will reunite del Toro with David S. Goyer, who he worked with on the 2002 comic book movie “Blade II.” As of this point, Goyer has written a treatment and a script for the remake, and the two will continue in the script’s development to help conform it to Guillermo del Toro’s vision.

For those unfamiliar with 1966 original “Fantastic Voyage,” the story follows a band of scientists as they shrink down and journey into a man’s body in attempts to save his life.

Check out the trailer for the original film below:

Given del Toro’s track record for stylized films, giving him something like “Fantastic Voyage” certainly seems like a great fit. A journey into the human body isn’t something we’ve seen in a live-action film in quite a while, and I’m very interested to see just what this journey would like like through the filter of someone like del Toro. Just how scientifically accurate can we expect this to be? Will it be more fantastical, or perhaps something more psychedelic, along the lines of, say, “Doctor Strange”?

There are a myriad of directions in which a movie like this can go, and this makes the choice of del Toro all the more interesting. Despite the fact that Twentieth Century Fox is looking to make this a tentpole film for them, nothing about this movie screams “typical” to me.

What do you think of Guillermo del Toro’s attachment to the project, and what do you hope to see from the film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.