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Apparently Brendan Fraser doesn’t need the money, or maybe he’s just too commited to “Furry Vengeance 2″ (oh come on, we all know that’s coming), because Heat Vision reports that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been brought in to replace Fraser on “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”, the sequel to the Fraser-fronted 2008 hit movie, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.
Fraser might not be back (apparently the studio wanted to start shooting earlier than he was ready, or some such), but Josh Hutcherson is returning as Sean Anderson. Hutcherson will essentially be the franchise’s new lead, with Johnson playing the new boyfriend of Sean’s mom, who he drags along in his search for his missing grandfather in the titular “mysterious island”.
The script will be “loosely” based on Jules Verne’s “The Mysterious Island”, which is to say, don’t make a fuss over it, it’s just kinda based on the story, but it’s not really really. Know what I mean? Brad Peyton, the man behind “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore”, will direct.
Made for $60 million, the first movie proved to be a surprise hit in 2008, totaling just short of $242 million in worldwide grosses.
The studio is looking at a late October start date on location in North Carolina and Hawaii.