It’s no secret that Hollywood likes reaching back into the depths of its own history to see if there’s a property worth remaking. Oftentimes, we end up with necessary remakes, but every so often, there’s a film that could afford a remake, especially if put in the right hands. Such is the case with Fantastic Voyage.
For those unfamiliar, Fantastic Voyage was a film back from 1966 that followed a crew who shrink down and enter someone’s body. It’s very much a film of its era, and while the premise is interesting, pulpy, and ridiculous, one could see its potential. With today’s visual effects, it’s something that could wind up being pretty special, especially with Guillermo del Toro at the helm.
The film was originally supposed to have a spring 2018 shoot date, but according to Deadline, they’ll be pushing that back. The reason behind the date shift is so that del Toro can focus his efforts on the final stretch of his latest film The Shape of Water. Given the amount of work that’ll go into launching that film, he reportedly wanted to make sure his focus wasn’t diverted from Fantastic Voyage and the attention it would need in prepping and directing before they’d have to lay down money for sets. So what’ll be the outcome in terms of its release date? While they didn’t lay down a hard date, it sounds like they were hoping for a holiday 2019 release. With this delay, it may get pushed back to 2020.
This is a very smart move. At this point, no one is clamoring for a Fantastic Voyage remake, and the film will live or die by Guillermo del Toro’s filmmaking strengths. With this in mind, we want to make sure that his focus isn’t divided between these two projects, and that neither one will get shortchanged in the process. Better to take your time upfront of Fantastic Voyage and not put the actual production in jeopardy.
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