Fresh off the box office success of Insidious: Chapter Two and the announcement of a third Insidious pic, producer Jason Blum’s horror shingle Blumhouse Productions has set its sights on a new franchise. Deadline reports that Aaron Eckhart will lead Incarnate with Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton set to helm. Penned by Ronnie Christensen (Passengers), the film follows “an unconventional exorcist who can tap into the subconscious of the possessed.” Said exorcist meets his match when he confronts his next case, a 9-year-old boy possessed by a demon from his past. Filming is poised to begin next month.
Blumhouse has made a habit of churning out low budget, high profit horror pics over the past few years, starting off with the Paranormal Activity franchise and continuing with other hits like Sinister and The Purge. Peyton had been attached to helm an adaptation of the comics character Lobo for Warner Bros., but it’s unclear if he’s still involved with that project. No matter, Incarnate certainly sounds like a promising premise to tackle in the meantime.
It appears that we may have to wait a bit longer to see The Rock take on a comic book character. Early last year, rumors surfaced that Dwayne Johnson was circling the starring role in Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC Comic Lobo. It seemed like pitch perfect casting, as the rather intimidating Lobo is an anti-hero character that was created initially as an indictment of the hero prototype of the Punisher and Wolverine, and who became known for his violent tendencies.
Johnson himself confirmed the rumors last summer, saying it “could be fun” to play the character for director Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), but now it appears that nothing ever solidified, as the actor has revealed that the project “went away.” Hit the jump for more.
After directing a successful run in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Brad Peyton is reportedly in negotiations to direct disaster movie, San Andreas 3D. Plot details are scant, but the crux of the picture revolves around an earthquake that strikes California. We previously reported that the plot also involves a man taking a journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco in order to reconcile with his estranged wife who has taken their children and moved in with another man. The script, originally written by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore (the Red Dawn remake), was touched up by Allan Loeb (Just Go with It). Heat Vision reports that New Line is in talks with Peyton, who was recently attached to write and direct the DC Comics’ Lobo feature and will also be heading the third Journey installment.
The long-in-development feature film adaptation of the DC Comic Lobo now has new life. Deadline reports that Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton has been set by Warner Bros. to rewrite and direct an adaptation of the alien bounty hunter character. Guy Ritchie was previously attached to direct the project, but subsequently fell out. The character is an anti-hero who was created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen “as an indictment of the Punisher, Wolverine, hero prototype” but ironically became popular for his violent tendencies.
One could see Guy Ritchie making a fairly entertaining adaptation of the character, but choosing the guy who made Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore to direct is just baffling. It’s slightly possible that his take could be just as raw and edgy as the comic calls for, but I’m doubtful. Whatever the case, WB must have taken a liking to Peyton’s pitch as he’ll be handling a rewrite of the script himself. First up, though, Peyton has a third installment of the Journey franchise to direct.
After Journey 2: The Mysterious Island proved to be an international box office smash, New Line Cinema was quick to get all the behind-the-scenes folks back on board for a third go-round in the franchise. Reports indicated that they were quite keen on getting the front-of-camera contributors back under contract as well, and now, it looks like Dwayne “Don’t call me ‘The Rock’, because I’m an actor now” Johnson is in talks to reprise his role as Hank, stepfather to Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson); Johnson first came aboard the franchise to replace Brendan Fraser, who was felled by a tragic case of not wanting to do the second film. Hit the jump for more.
It looks as though New Line has a bona fide franchise on their hands with the Journey to the Center of the Earth movies. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island just passed $270 million worldwide, besting the Brendan Fraser-fronted first movie’s $242 million total gross, and now Heat Vision reports that New Line is moving forward with Journey 3. The studio has closed deals with Journey 2 director Brad Peyton and writers Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn to return for the third (and likely not final) installment. Peyton commented that they’re going to “grow the mythology,” and said that while Journey 2 was definitely a franchise reboot, Journey 3 will be about “making the seminal work in the franchise.” Alrighty then. The film is on a fast track with a targeted 2014 release in mind.
No deals have been discussed with returning cast members, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Josh Hutcherson opts to stick with The Hunger Games instead of the Journey series. Apparently kids really like the 3D franchise, and I’m totally fine with them continuing the series as long as they feature burly action stars or legendary thespians gleefully riding giant CGI creatures in each and every installment.
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.
Apparently New Line Cinema is pleased with the team behind the scenes of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island because they’ve decided to keep the same group on board for a potential third installment. If plans for Journey 3 move ahead, director Brad Peyton will carry over, along with writers Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn and Richard Outten, and producers Beau Flynn, Charlotte Huggins and Tripp Vincent. This bodes well for the sequel (which releases on February 10th) since we can assume it tested well over the weekend. The film, based on Jules Verne’s “Mysterious Island” follows Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) as he searches for his missing grandfather (Michael Caine) on an island crawling with dangerous wildlife. Hit the jump for more.
Previously, we brought you the first trailer for Brad Peyton’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and a behind-the-scenes featurette soon followed. They both showed off the beautiful scenery and creature effects of the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth, starring Brendan Fraser. Now we have some new character posters for you that showcase, not only the human stars, but other inhabitants of the island as well.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island features the return of Josh Hutcherson as Sean Anderson, who is accompanied by his new stepfather (Dwayne Johnson) as they head off in search of Sean’s missing grandfather (Michael Caine). To get to “Mysterious Island,” the duo will need the helicopter pilot, Gabato (Luis Guzman) and his daughter, Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) to help guide them. Hit the jump to check out the posters for each of these characters.
Filming has begun in Oahu, Hawaii for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, the sequel to the 2008 release Journey to the Center of the Earth. Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) will reprise his role from the original, with Dwayne Johnson (The Other Guys) and Michael Caine (Inception) set to co-star along with Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Luis Guzman (Nothing Like the Holidays) and Kristin Davis (Couples Retreat). Brad Peyton (Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore) is set to direct the 3D family flick.
Hit the jump for the official announcement, plus some of my thoughts.
Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow, Selma Blair, Jordan Gelber, Aasif Mandvi, Justin Bartha, Zachary Booth, and Donna Murphy have all joined the cast of Dark Horse, the latest from writer/director Todd Solondz (Life During Wartime). THR provides a brief outline for the indie drama:
The film centers on a thirtysomething man (Gelber) in arrested development who lives with his parents (Walken and Farrow), reluctantly works for his father and avidly collects toys. He seeks out a thirtysomething woman (Blair) in arrested development in an attempt to shed the “dark horse” status in his family and finally accomplish something.
Mandvi plays Blair’s “not quite ex-boyfriend,” Bartha and Booth are Gelber’s more successful brother and easygoing cousin (respectively); Murphy will portray Walken’s secretary. Filming began earlier this week in New York.
Hit the jump for news details on Vanessa Hudgen’s role in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and the teaming of Jessica Lange and Sam Neill for The Vow.
Last week, we reported that Dwayne Johnson would star in the Journey to the Center of the Earth sequel, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Today, Heat Vision reports that Michael Caine is in final negotiations to join the cast. The film, directed by Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore) has Josh Hutcherson reprising his role from the first film and teaming up with Johnson—who will play his mom’s boyfriend—on a quest to find the mysterious island and his missing grandfather. Caine will play the grandpa but Heat Vision notes that it’s not a cameo and that the “role will see the actor in action mode, engaging in several chase sequences, including one involving giant bees.” Michael Caine + Giant Bees = My Money on Opening Day.
Shooting is scheduled to begin in October in Hawaii before moving to North Carolina. Caine has a new memoir that’s due out this fall and is set to reprise his role as Alfred Pennyworth in Batman 3. Caine believes Christopher Nolan’s highly-awaited sequel will begin filming in April.
This afternoon, Warner Bros. hosted the press day for their upcoming comedy Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, featuring the voices of Christina Applegate, James Marsden, Bette Midler, Michael Clarke Duncan, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, Nick Nolte, Joe Pantoliano and Katt Williams.
While there will be a full interview to post later – with Applegate, Marsden and Midler – director Brad Peyton took a bit of time after the press conference to talk about his next project, the sequel for Journey to the Center of the Earth, which he’s in prep for now, and his thoughts on whether The Doubtful Guest, adapted from the Edward Gorey story, might ever make it to the screen. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Brad Peyton is close to making a deal to direct New Line and Walden Media’s Journey to the Center of the Earth 2, and Brendan Fraser will reportedly not be starring in the sequel. Deadline reports the studio is moving ahead with the film, with Josh Hutcherson as the star. Hutcherson played the nephew of Fraser’s character in the original. The original film made $242 million worldwide, and without Fraser, New Line would have to back the film with a much lesser-known actor. Fraser left the film due to scheduling conflicts that made original director Eric Brevig unavailable and forced New Line to replace him with Brad Peyton, the director of Warner Bros.’ upcoming Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Brevig’s next film will be Yogi Bear. New Line is planning on a Fall 2011 release for the Journey to the Center of the Earth sequel.
Of course with the project still being put together and Fraser’s recent movie Furry Vengeance not exactly lighting up the box office, there is still a chance he could return for the sequel. More as we hear it.