Guillermo del Toro in talks with James Cameron for Fantastic Voyage

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Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo Del Toro

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is in talks with James Cameron to direct the remake of the 1966 sc-fi classic 'Fantastic Voyage'.

Guillermo Del Toro is in talks to direct 'Fantastic Voyage' for James Cameron.

The 51-year-old Mexican filmmaker is rumoured to take on the remake of the 1966 sci-fi classic film which is being made by Fox and the 'Avatar' creator's Lightstorm Entertainment company.

The story is based on a team of medical scientists who are shrunk to be sent in a miniature submarine inside the body of a fellow scientist to save his life.

The original movie was directed by Richard Fleischer and starred Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Stephen Boyd and Donald Pleasence.

It revolved around the character Jan Benes - played by Jean Del Val - who perfected the miniaturisation process and was left nearly dead by an assassination attempt after he defected from the Soviet bloc to the West.

Justin Rhodes and 'The Dark Knight' and 'Man of Steel' screenwriter David Goyer will pen the script and have reportedly agreed to stay on if del Toro takes on the project.

The filmmaker - whose other credits include 'Pan's Labyrinth', 'Crimson Peak' and the 'Hellboy' movies - had been working on the sequel to his 2013 epic adventure 'Pacific Rim', however Universal Pictures has issued an official statement saying 'Pacific Rim 2' will no longer be released on August 4, 2017.

It read: "The filmmakers, Legendary, and Universal Pictures are committed to having 'Pacific Rim 2', the sequel to 2013's 'Pacific Rim', which generated more $411 million at the global box office, be the vanguard, fully-immersive experience that the franchise deserves. To this end, the decision was made to delay the production and release of 'Pacific Rim' so that the creative team can continue in its efforts to exceed the amazing experience of the first film."

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