What does $270 million in worldwide grosses in less than a month mean for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island? Another sequel in the franchise. Journey to the Center of the Earth was one of the first in the new wave of 3D films, preceding Avatar by a more than a year, and New Line has used franchise booster Dwayne Johnson to rejuvenate the series with the most recent installment. The Hollywood Reporter says a new film is being put on the fast track for a 2014 release. More info after the jump.
Journey 2 director Brad Peyton and writers Brian and Mark Gunn have signed on for the next film, also to be inspired by the works of author Jules Verne. Peyton told THR:
I know we’ve just scratched the surface of what we can do. [Journey 3 is] 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.
I’ll be straight up with you guys: I haven’t seen either of these previous films and, despite Johnson’s presence in the second one, I don’t have much desire to seek them out. It sounds like they’re great family fun, and from what I’ve seen they skew a bit younger than movies I’m used to watching. Am I wrong? Sound off in the comments and let me know if they’re worth checking out.
No word yet if any of the cast members are going to return, but with the way studios lock actors down for multiple contracts these days, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some familiar faces coming at you in 3D in 2014. Brendan Fraser starred in the first movie while Johnson took over in the second, joined by series regular Josh Hutcherson and newcomers Vanessa Hudgens, Michael Caine, and Luis Guzman.