Journey to the Center of the Earth came out when the 3D resurrection had not yet hit full stride (Avatar wouldn't hit the scene until a year later), but the family adventure film managed to do pretty well for itself, earning $250 million worldwide on a modest $60 million budget. Hence why a sequel film was an all-but-assured bet.
Well, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island will soon be upon us, with returning cast member Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), being partnered up with a host of franchise newcomers that include Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzmán (How to Make it in America) and even the impeccable Michael Caine. We now have the international trailer for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island to share.
Check out the synopsis for this new chapter in the Journey franchise:
The new journey begins when Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist — a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. The secret is rumored to involve Sean's missing grandfather, Alexander Anderson (Michael Caine). Unable to stop him from going, Sean's new stepfather (Dwayne Johnson) joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.
That synopsis reads like the type of sequel you would find in the heyday of the 1980s - specifically the bit where Sean's uncle (played by Brendan Fraser in the first film) has been oh-so-conveniently swapped for his stepfather, played by Johnson. But I digress.
Here's the international trailer for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - which features less man-boob bouncing than the Journey 2 domestic trailer did:
All in all, this looks like a fun enough family adventure film featuring a(n) (overly?) talented cast that will only elevate this sort of material (with the possible exception of Hudgens). For my own money, seeing The Rock replace Brendan Fraser is a worthy trade - though it's hard not to feel like Hutcherson's star hasn't risen above this franchise - what with his starring turns in critically-lauded films like The Kids Are All Right and his current status, poised for a blockbuster breakout in next year's Hunger Games movie adaptation.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island was shot in 3D and will hit theaters on February 10, 2012.
Source: Warner Bros.