Journey 2 was a wonderful piece of family-friendly escapist fluff (made all the better for the presence of The Rock, who makes everything better). Well, being as though it did great guns at the box office New Line Cinema are fast tracking an immediate sequel with plans for Journey 2 director Brad Peyton to take the helm again.
There are no details yet about plot or direction other than it’ll be in 3D again and they’re going to try to have it ready for a 2014 release.
Peyton seemed very enthusiastic when he spoke to Heat Vision Blog 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.”
There were some hints at the end of Journey 2 about a trip to the moon (complete with Michael Caine in ridiculous leather acoutrements) but whether that’s the next destination for Peyton remains to be seen.
There’s also no word on returning actors. Will we see Josh Hutcherson reprise his role or will he be replaced by someone equally forgettable? More importantly, will the callipygian frame of Dwayne Johsnon return for another Journey? More news as it comes in…