'Bourne' director in talks for Fox's remake of adventure-fantasy

Paul Greengrass is feeling adventurous, entering early talks to direct the 3D redo of adventure-fantasy “Fantastic Voyage” for 20th Century Fox and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

Special effects-driven pic would be a major departure for the Brit helmer. Until now, Greengrass — known for his signature use of hand-held cameras — has focused on serious, gritty fare. Many of his movies have based on real-life tales such as the 9/11-themed “United 93″ and, more recently, “Green Zone,” which is still in theaters.

“Fantastic Voyage” will be shot in 3D, using the same technologies Cameron and Jon Landau’s Lightstorm developed for “Avatar.” Cameron is one of the producers on the sci-fi project.

Fox considers “Fantastic Voyage” a big event property. Already onboard to adapt the remake of the 1966 sci-fi pic is Shane Salerno (“Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem).

Storyline centers on a dying scientist whose only chance for survival rests with five colleagues who are miniaturized and injected into his bloodstream.

Original “Fantastic Voyage,” directed by Richard Fleischer, starred Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence.

Greengrass began his career as a TV current affairs director in the U.K., then moved into dramas, making several films for television based on real-world events. His first feature film was “The Theory of Flight” in 1998, starring Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter.

After directing Northern Ireland docudrama “Bloody Sunday,” Greengrass was asked to direct Universal’s sequel “The Bourne Supremacy.” Film was a hit, with Greengrass going on to direct threequel “The Bourne Ultimatum” (he helmed “United 93″ between the two “Bourne” movies).

Greengrass’ Iraqi war pic “Green Zone” was based on the tome “Imperial Life in the Emerald City” by Washington Post Baghdad bureau chief Rajiv Chandrasekaran. Like other movies dealing with the Iraqi war, “Green Zone” has struggled at the B.O., grossing $31 million through Monday.

Roland Emmerich had been attached to direct “Fantastic Voyage,” but left the project for Sony’s “2012″ when the writers strike caused scheduling issues.

Greengrass is repped by CAA.

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