When I was very young I saw a movie that just blew my mind and hooked me forever on science fiction. The movie takes place during the Cold War. A scientist who has developed the secret to keeping soldiers shrunken for an indefinite period of time defects to the U.S. with the help of a CIA agent. During an assassination attempt, the defector hits his head, causing a blood clot to form in his brain, and falls comatose.
So what does the CIA do? They miniaturize to atomic scale a group of scientists and their ship, and inject them into the defector’s blood stream so that they will destroy the blood clot. However, U.S. technology is not as advanced. This means the scientists have a limited amount of time to find the blood clot, get rid of it and exit the defector’s body before they return to their normal size.
The movie I am talking about is the 1966 classic Fantastic Voyage. Now, James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment Group is in talks with Guillermo Del Toro to direct the remake of this sci-fi staple. According to the Hollywood Reporter and ICv2 News, Del Toro would be joining David Goyer (The Dark Knight, Blade II) and Justin Rhodes (Contract Killers), who wrote the treatment and script for the new movie.
So what happened to Pacific Rim 2? On October 29, Del Toro tweeted that the budget and script had been submitted to the studio. The movie, however, has been removed from Universal’s calendar.