Josh Hutcherson and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson could reunite for another adventure as a third "Journey" film is currently in the works. New Line Cinema has confirmed that it is moving forward for the sequel, which will bring back director Brad Peyton and screenwriters Mark and Brian Gunn.
Although no deals have been closed with any returning cast members, producer Beau Flynn told Entertainment Weekly that both Hutcherson and Johnson would "absolutely" reprise their roles as Sean and Hank respectively. It is reported that the script has been three weeks into work and the sequel has targeted a 2014 release in the U.S.
"Journey 3" is planned to be based on Jules Verne's book "From the Eath to the Moon", which Michael Caine's character passes on to Sean and Hank at the end of "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island". Producer Flynn said of the plan, "We've got a big, expansive adventure for them to go on based on that book, but it's not exactly what it seems."
On the other hand, director Payton told The Hollywood Reporter that the next "Journey" pic will be bigger than its predecessors. " '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," the filmmaker stated.
"We're going to go to a completely different world," he added. "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."
Since being released on February 10, "Journey 2" has passed the $242 million that "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D" had collected in 2008. By midweek, the second movie is set to cross the $275 million mark worldwide. It is said that the franchise has grabbed a massive $513 million worldwide.