New Line and Walden Want to Go on Another JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

     March 12, 2009

Written by Matt Goldberg

I guess America and the rest of the world liked last summer’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth” far more than I did (I thought it was okay, nothing special, and the 3D was trying too hard) because New Line, Walden Media, ContraFilm would all like another in-your-face-and-your-family’s-face adventure to strange lands mentioned in classic literature with the vague hope that your child will actually read a classic work of literature and not just the garbage that’s in the young adults section of your local Barnes and Noble.

The new film will work from Richard Outten’s script “Mysterious Travels: The Lost Map of Treasure Island” in which Professor Trevor Anderson and his nephew Sean head to a mysterious island that was the subject of three novels: Jules Verne’s “Mysterious Island”, Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island’, and Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels. While on the mysterious island, they will also try to figure out the origin of the smoke monster and the purpose of the Dharma Initiative (actually, this may be a different mysterious island).

While “Mysterious Travels” moves through development, neither Brendan Fraser nor Josh Hutcherson (Trevor and Sean, respectively) have signed on for the sequel. However, if you can get Fraser on board for that crappy third “Mummy” movie, it shouldn’t be too difficult to convince him to come back for another go at 3D adventures. I hope the sequel will have more platforming sections because that was so much fun to watch in the first movie.

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