“Fantastic Voyage” On Hold Due To “Water”

With the buzz on Guillermo del Toro’s period fantasy romance tale “The Shape of Water” proving strong, 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm have reportedly paused prep work on the filmmaker’s next film – the “Fantastic Voyage” remake.

With del Toro potentially finding himself in the midst of a very busy awards season, Deadline reports that Fox and Lightstorm have agreed to keep del Toro’s schedule open until after the Oscar ceremony next March.

The companies will now regroup and pick up the prep next year with production aiming for a late Summer/Fall start. The original 1965 “Fantastic Voyage” follows a team of scientists who get miniaturized and inserted into the body of a colleague to save his life.

“The Shape of Water” meanwhile takes place during the Cold War and stars Sally Hawkins as a mute janitor working at a top secret government facility that houses a fish man. It will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival ahead of screenings at Toronto and Telluride before opening in cinemas on December 8th.