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Emmerich on Fantastic Voyage

RolandEmmerich.jpgRoland Emmerich is to direct the remake of the classic 1966 film Fantastic Voyage. No, that's not the one with the talking animals, this is the one where a diplomat is dying of a blood clot after an attempted assassination and a few scientists agree to be minaturised in a new procedure to enter his bloodstream in a submarine and destroy the clot.

The original Fantastic Voyage starred Raquel Welch, Donald Pleasence, James Brolin, Stephen Boyd and Edmond O'Brien, Pleasance playing a great nervous and slimy character with Welch playing, well, a gorgeous woman in a tight suit!

It's a great film with all sorts of strange things happening to the while they're inside the man's body, and I guess it's ripe for the studio executives to get excited about bags of CGI to update the film with, however even looking back now the effects are still good, it hasn't dated like some.

According to Variety Marianne and Cormac Wibberley are in talks to write the script, they wrote the paper thin and hand holding National Treasure, which I think was awful.

Previously we had heard the rumour that McG was in the running for the remake, but the Roland Emmerich announcement probably indicates big budget and big effects.



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