Inside job: 'Voyage' gets going


A long-planned "Fantastic Voyage" remake might finally be prepping for a new journey.

The classic medical thriller has been mired in development for more than a decade at Fox, where James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment is producing.

But even after Roland Emmerich — the director who has been attached on two occasions — has fallen off, the project appears to be gaining momentum.

Producers have issued an open directing assignment for the pic, with a number of helmers now being considered, including Tarsem Singh, the commercials and film director who most recently directed the multi-continent epic "The Fall."

Of course, there already has been a number of stops and starts for the revival of the anatomical actioner. The project appeared to get a jolt in 2007 when "National Treasure" scribes Cormac and Marianne Wibberley offered their own take how they'd update the Cold War tale (that's the draft being used now), which prompted Emmerich to come back before later falling off.

Tarsem directed the Jennifer Lopez thriller "The Cell," New Line's $60 million grosser that shares many similarities with "Fantastic Voyage": It too centers on a doctor who goes on a mission inside someone else's body (in this case, the mind of a comatose serial killer).

The original "Voyage" was released by Fox in 1966.
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