We could be on the verge of witnessing a new powerhouse director/star duo as Hugh Jackman contemplates reuniting with his Real Steel director Shawn Levy on his next film, Fox's remake of Fantastic Voyage. James Cameron is producing the 3D picture and Deadline today reveals that Jackman is the filmmakers first choice to topline the tent pole.
Shane Salerno and Laeta Kalogridis updated the 1966 screenplay and their new version adds a strong love story to the adventure, which follows a team of scientists who are shrunk in size while in a scaled-down ship to save a colleague's life. Though it'll be an ensemble picture, the cast could definitely use a marquee name leader and Jackman, given his relationship with Fox, seems like the perfect fit.
The studio is keen on keeping Jackman on the lot with this project as it tries to fix The Wolverine situation. Jackman is still searching for a filmmaker to take the reigns of the sequel, which was supposed to be in production already for a prime summer 2012 release. Aside from losing director Darren Aronofsky earlier this year, the Japanese disaster has also offset the shoot as the majority of the script is set in the island country. This makes the film's current timetable nearly impossible to keep up with, so Jackman could benefit from working on another major motion picture while his mutant matters get sorted out. Having been to the set of Real Steel last year, I can say that Levy and Jackman have developed a great rapport and looked like they really enjoyed working together, so it comes as no surprise to me that they'd consider a new project together, in addition to a possible Real Steel sequel and the pitch that Carlton Cuse is writing for them to collaborate on.