The trailer for the Journey to the Center of the Earth sequel, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, makes the movie look cringe-worthy, but director Brad Peyton has already lined up another movie. Variety reports that Peyton has sold his sci-fi action pitch Invasion to Reel FX. J. Daniel Shaffer will write the script, which centers on “a group of unarmed and unprepared students from Philadelphia that find out they’ll have to become soldiers to survive an attack from a supernatural force.” So Red Dawn with aliens or ghosts or some such. Got it. It’s also being described as “Cloverfield-esque” and I hope that doesn’t mean “found-footage”.
Invasion will be Peyton’s first non-family film. He previously directed Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore and he’s also closed a deal to direct Journey 3. It may be unfair to harshly judge Peyton since he’s had to work with crap material for not crummy family films, but the sequels to crummy family films (cue Center of the Earth fans). Invasion will be straight from him so we’ll see if he can succeed with adult fare. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island stars Dwyane Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, and Greendale Community College graduate Luis Guzman. The film opens in 3D on February 10th.