Guillermo del Toro to shoot ‘Fantastic Voyage’ remake in Toronto

Pop Goes The News — A remake of 1966 sci-fi flick Fantastic Voyage will be shot this winter in Toronto.

Cameras are scheduled to roll in December on the big budget feature, which will be directed by part-time Toronto resident Guillermo del Toro.

The remake has another Canadian connection — its producers include Ontario-born director James Cameron.

Fantastic Voyage is about a team of scientists who are shrunk so they can use a tiny submarine to go inside the body of a scientist in order to save his life.

The original movie was directed by Richard Fleischer and starred Stephen Boyd and Raquel Welch. It spawned a novel by Isaac Asimov and an animated TV series.

Del Toro has directed his last three films in Ontario — 2013’s Pacific Rim, 2015’s Crimson Peak, and the forthcoming The Shape of Water, which will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

The 52-year-old Mexican filmmaker was also executive producer of made-in-Toronto films Mama in 2013 and Splice in 2009 and he is behind the Toronto-shot series The Strain.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is hosting the Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters exhibition beginning next month. Del Toro is scheduled to be at the AGO on Sept. 27 from 4 to 9 pm to sign copies of a companion book.

The Fantastic Voyage remake has been in the works for several years. Cameron was at one time interested in directing it and both Paul Greengrass (Bourne Ultimatum), Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) and Montreal’s Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) were reportedly in talks.

Fox has not made any casting announcements or set a release date.