Journey 2: The Mysterious Island may not have made a gigantic win here domestically, or critically for that matter, but the film has still surpassed the original by grossing $270 million at the worldwide box office. Now, with the film coming to a close in theaters, it’s time to focus on a rebooted future. New Line Cinema has said the sequel was essentially a reboot of the series, changing leading men, but also retaining Josh Hutcherson. Today, New Line has officially announced that the next film won’t be too far away.
Collider reports that Journey 3 has officially been greenlit by the studio, and that it’s aiming for a release sometime in 2014. Director of the second film Brad Peyton and writers Brian & Mark Gunn will return for the third movie. They’ll be working to “grow the mythology” of the series, and everything else after that is simply up in the air.
The aimed-for-children franchise has not struck any deals with cast members, including Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens, or even Josh Hutcherson. Hutcherson has been in both Journeyfilms so far, but he has the very important task of The Hunger Games series to go after. After filming for Catching Fire, Hutcherson could hypothetically do a third film, much likeTwilight stars have done other features between those vampire romps. But, it wouldn’t be surprising if the star put all his energy into playing Peeta instead.
The sure-to-be-3D film is in very early development, and we’ll update you when more information surfaces.