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Sometimes it feels like, even when Guillermo Del Toro succeeds, it still somehow seems to throw off his future plans. Deadline reports that Del Toro’s planned remake of body-shrinking thriller Fantastic Voyage has been forced into postponement, thanks to an expected award season push for his most recent film, The Shape Of Water.

The film’s distributor, Fox Searchlight, apparently wants Del Toro—a man of many passions and projects, and a tendency to announce that he’s transforming those hobbies into new films pretty much at the drop of a hat—focused on the upcoming Cold War fable, which sees a young woman fall in love with a mysterious fish-man in 1950s America. Searchlight is submitting the movie to both the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, and presumably wants Del Toro on hand to build up buzz around the film.


Del Toro reportedly remains committed to getting Fantastic Voyage off the ground, but the delays mean that the film—which was expected to start filming next year, with an eye toward a 2019 release—is likely to be pushed all the way back to 2020.