New Line Moving Forward With Journey 3; 2014 Release Targeted
With Journey 2: The Mysterious Island being a success at the box office, New Line Cinema has officially greenlit a sequel. Director Brad Peyton and writers Brian & Gunn will return for the third film in the adventure series.
Since opening Feb. 10, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - a sequel to the 2008 film Journey To The Center Of The Earth - has topped the $242 million worldwide that the first film grossed four years ago. By midweek, Journey 2 will have passed $275 million worldwide. With that success in mind, New Line Cinema has officially given the greenlight for a third film in the series. Journey 2 director Brad Peyton and writers Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn have closed their deals to return for another sequel, which is being fast tracked for a 2014 release.
Like its predecessors, Journey 3 will be a 3D family adventure based on the works of Jules Verne, who penned 54 Voyages Extraordinaires novels. No deals have yet been discussed with any returning cast members, but producers Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson and Charlotte Huggins will return.
"I grew up a fan of Verne, so I know a lot about the mythologies," says Peyton. "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."
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