Despite his plans to take a year off from directing, Guillermo del Toro is still attached to the forthcoming remake of Fantastic Voyage.

At the moment, the director is enjoying the awards season buzz surrounding his sci-fi romance, The Shape of Water, however, in a recent interview with Collider, he also gave an update about the status of Fantastic Voyage. He’s still attached to direct the sci-fi adventure, and now there’s even a start date pencilled in for the movie:

“That was on the calendar already. I announced the year in September, and if everything goes well and it happens, it would happen next September. We’d start prepping again. We had already delayed it. It is a very difficult movie, technically, and I needed to figure out a bunch of stuff. We’ve been doing R&D and we’ve been building stuff. I never know whether they’re going to happen or not. I’ve learned that, in 25 years. But, we’re still working on it.”

Hopefully Fantastic Voyage will move ahead with del Toro as director, but if the past is anything to go by, fans know to be wary of getting their hopes up. At the beginning of this year, del Toro announced that Hellboy III was definitely never happening – and then the reboot with David Harbour was confirmed. The director also spent a year developing a two-part Hobbit adaptation, only to leave and be replaced by producer Peter Jackson. Then there’s the whole Silent Hill debacle, that left many fans heartbroken.

Fantastic Voyage has been in development for years, with directors like Roland Emmerich, Paul Greengrass, and James Cameron attached at different point – though Cameron is still attached as producer. Cameron and del Toro have previously tried to produce an ambitious, R-rated take on H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountain of Madness, starring Tom Cruise. However, the cost killed the project before it could begin – let’s hope that Fantastic Voyage doesn’t go the same way.

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