New Line Cinema is moving full steam ahead on a new film in its highly lucrative Journey franchise, with Journey 2: The Mysterious Island writers Brian and Mark Gunn three weeks into work on a new script for Journey 2 director Brad Peyton, EW has confirmed.
Producer Beau Flynn, who’s marshaled all of the Journey films starting with 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth, tells EW that both Josh Hutcherson’s character Sean and Dwayne Johnson’s character Hank are “absolutely” returning for the new film, which is aiming for a 2014 release. The story will focus on the Jules Verne book From the Earth to the Moon, which Michael Caine’s character gives Sean and Hank at the end of Journey 2. “We’ve got a big, expansive adventure for them to go on based on that book,” says Flynn, “but it’s not exactly what it seems.” No deals are in place yet for any of the actors to return.
Journey 2 has already outpaced the first Journey in global box office, and is set to cross the $275 million mark this week. All told, the franchise has pulled in $513 million worldwide.