Deadline reports that director Shawn Levy has his eye on Hugh Jackman to star in Fox's remake of Richard Fleischer's 1966 'Fantastic Voyage,' a film that has encountered some obstacles to production.

First Darren Aronofsky dropped out as director, then there were script issues, and finally the earthquake and tsunami in Japan -- where the story is set -- pushed back production.

The film -- in which a group of doctors in a submarine are miniaturized and injected into a dying man's body to travel through his arteries to find and fix a deadly blood clot -- is being produced by James Cameron as a 3D tentpole.

The original film starred Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasance, Arthur O'Connell, William Redfield and Arthur Kennedy, and had some pretty spectacular effects for its time. This one, of course, will be all-CGI once the scientists get into the man's blood stream. Just imagine what we'll be treated to, visually, when the body's white blood cells go after the intruders.

No word on a timetable for the production since Fox hasn't given the film an official green light.
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