New Line Plans Another Journey
03.07.12 by Ryan
After earning $271 million in worldwide box office (so far), New Line Cinema wants a sequel to follow the success of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and they want it soon. Like 2014 soon.
THR reports that Journey 3 (working title) is on the fast track to be in theaters in two years, and already has Journey 2 screenwriters Mark and Brian Gunn and director Brad Peyton set to return. The third installment will also be based on the works of 19th century French writer Jules Verne. Peyton revealed that he is excited about directing the sequel — likely because it means he won't have to direct a follow-up to his 2010 sequel Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.
I grew up a fan of Verne, so I know a lot about the mythologies. Mysterious Island was one of eight or nine really seminal works. I know we've just scratched the surface of what we can do. This one's going to be a lot bigger. We're going to go to a completely different world. It's just going to be a bigger experience, and we're going to grow the mythology. Journey 2 was about rebooting a franchise; now it's about making the seminal work in the franchise.
Journey 2 saw Josh Hutcherson return as Sean Anderson, his character from 2008's Journey to the Center of the Earth, but Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stepped in for Brendan Fraser as Hucherson's step-father. While THR had no idea whether Hutcherson and Johnson would return, producer Beau Flynn told EW that the actors are "absolutely" returning, though no deals are in place yet. Whether Michael Caine will return as Hutcherson's grandfather is unknown.
Flynn also revealed that Journey 3 will be based on Verne's From the Earth to the Moon, which shouldn't be a huge surprise to anyone that saw Journey 2 since its the book Caine gives Hutcherson at the end of the movie. "We’ve got a big, expansive adventure for them to go on based on that book, but it’s not exactly what it seems," said Flynn.
Perhaps Flynn is suggesting that Johnson and Hutcherson will end up journeying to the center of the moon. Who would see that coming?