Most people know Jules Verne as the guy who brought Doc Brown and Mary Steenburgen together in Back to the Future III, but he's also a writer. In fact, he wrote a lot of things you might have heard of or, plausibly, read. In 2008, Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson starred in Journey to the Center of the Earth, a family-friendly adventure movie based on Verne's novel of the same name. Hutcherson revived his role in last month's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (based on Verne's The Mysterious Island), opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. And now, the Journey 2 director and writers are signing up to add a third installment to the series...presumably, with Hutcherson in mind to star—call it a hunch. He sure seemed to love his stint in the first two films.
Journey 2 director Brad Peyton is excited about the prospect of adapting additional works of Verne in further additions to the series: "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." But here's the problem. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has already had dibs called on it by David Fincher (and you do not want to get between Fincher and his passion projects), and Around the World in 80 Days was brought to screen just a few years back, with Jackie Chan at the lead. Of course, these stories should still be free range for Peyton and crew, but it might be wiser to dig up some of Verne's lesser known works for the threequel.
Or perhaps, something else entirely. How about Journey 3: The Destination (the Dan Eldon Journey), Journey 3: Streetlights, People (the Journey Journey), or Journey 3: The Incredible Homeward Bound (that one's for children of the '90s)?
Get ready, Hutcherson. It's not like you have any other wildly popular film franchises on the horizon...
Vanessa Hudgens is set to star in a new movie that's not High School Musical, but pretty much just as lame. The young actress is in final negotiations to play the female lead in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D. Oh boy!
Hudgens joins a cast that already features Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson. Brad Peyton will direct with Beau Flynn and Trip Vinson producing. Production hopes to start in late October in North Carolina and Hawaii.
The story follows Johnson and Hutcherson as the venture to a mythical island in search of Hutcherson's grandfather. It will be shot in 3D (like the original) and is loosely based on Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island. Hudgens will play a Pacific Islander who joins the adventure and falls in love with Hutcherson (lucky guy!).
In a film that promises to be horrible, Hudgens addition doesn't add much other than underscoring the probability of failure. But despite the inevitable badness, Journey 2 will make all sorts of cash. The first film grossed more than $250 million worldwide, so it's understandable why WB wanted to make another. But, I just don't get it. I could beg you all to not watch this film. I could tell you that watching this film will give you a terminal illness. Or an STD. Or physically punch you in the face. And no matter what, it will still make a boatload of cash. It's like Hollywood is playing one big bazinga on us, but no one can figure out why it keeps working.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Dwayne Johnson -- formerly known as "The Rock" -- has just been announced to be traveling to the center of himself.
The actor and former wrestling personality, who's large enough to have his own gravitational pull, will replace Brendan Fraser in the lead role for New Line Cinema's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D. Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitten Galore) is set to direct, Josh Hutcherson will reprise his role as explorer Sean Anderson, and Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing the film. Like the previous flick (and every other movie out there), it will be shot and released in 3D.
Johnson plays the boyfriend of Hutcherson's character's mom and -- get ready for an extremely gripping plot summary -- the two are forced to head to a mystical and monstrous island to find Hutcherson's missing grandfather. CRAZY! The film is loosely based on Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island -- which in Hollywood terms means they probably have the same character names, but that's about it.
There's no doubt that all of this news promises for a horrible movie. But like its predecessor, Journey 2 will make a ridiculous amount of money The first grossed more than $250 million worldwide. So, yeah. That's a lot of guacamole.
Johnson is currently shooting another bound-to-be-terrible movie: The Fast and Furious 5. Eep.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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