Looks like last month’s announcement about Paul Greengrass taking over the reins on the James Cameron-produced Fantastic Voyage remake may have been a little premature. Deadline New York is reporting this week that Greengrass never actually signed on the dotted line, and that now he has dropped the project in favour of something that won’t be shot in 3-D (at least not yet). I guess we’ll have to wait just a little longer to experience Greengrass’ handheld camerawork in another dimension… what a shame.
The movie that he is looking to direct instead is Treasure Island for Warner Brothers, based on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel. The project is being produced by Lionel Wigram (Sherlock Holmes) and they are currently trying to decide on a screenwriter. It would appear that Greengrass is still eager to take on a full-blown blockbuster of some sort, and if they can get this off the ground fairly soon they may be able to ride the coattails of the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Are you excited to see Paul Greengrass deliver some swashbuckling action and adventure, or did you have your heart set on Fantastic Voyage?