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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island success prompts Journey 3

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Story by Jack Foley

NEW Line has confirmed plans for a third film in the Journey film series.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island has proved such a global box office success that director Brad Peyton and writers Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn have closed their deals to return for another sequel.

In fact, the studio is so keen to capitalise on the momentum gained by the latest film, which sees Dwayne Johnson lining up alongside Josh Hutcherson, that it is fast-tracking the project with a tentative plan to have the third movie ready for a release in 2014.

Like its predecessors, Journey 3 will be shot in 3D and based on the works of 19th Century French writer Jules Verne.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, no deals have yet been discussed with any returning cast members.

But director Peyton is excited, saying: “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.”

Thus far, Journey 2 has taken $275 million worldwide, thereby trumping the $242 million world-wide that the first film in the series, Journey to the Center of the Earth, grossed in 2008.

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