A few weeks ago I reported that Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne sequels, Green Zone) had signed up to direct the 3D (well, what isn’t in 3D?) remake of 60′s B-movie Fantastic Voyage. This was exciting news because not only is Greengrass a good director, but the project was being produced by King Of Not Only The World But Also Pandora James Cameron. Alas, things didn’t seem to work out.
According to Deadline.com, Greengrass never fully signed up to Fantastic Voyage, but merely expressed interest. Instead, he has been lured to another remake, this time another adaptation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel “Treasure Island”. As most probably know, the book is about the young Jim Hawkins who gets caught up in a search for hidden treasure, and encounters the one-legged pirate Long John Silver.
Although Greengrass hasn’t fully signed up to Treasure Island (presumably in 3D), he is looking for the correct writer at the moment. To be honest, there’s something all very wrong with this idea. You can’t help but feel Treasure Island (one of the most adapted tales of all time with over 20 TV and film versions made) is only being made because some exec has flagged pirate movies as box-office gold, and this is the obvious next choice. It just seems that Greengrass could be doing something more interesting than digging up unwanted treasure.