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Project X 2, Journey 3 in the Works

By March 7, 2012

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Journey 2 THe Mysterious IslandThe Hollywood Reporter says Warner Bros is preparing a sequel to Project X with screenwriter Michael Bacall already working on a treatment. Where the sequel will take the story - and who, if anyone, from the Project X cast will be returning - is unknown. THR also says actually getting the sequel past the treatment stage will likely be up to producers Todd Phillips and Joel Silver.

Project X was made for a $12 million budget and grossed $21 million domestically over its first three days in release. Audiences may have turned out in decent numbers for the R-rated party film, but critics (myself included) weren't so enthusiastic about the raunchy comedy. Project X currently sits at 28 fresh and 73 rotten reviews (for a 28% rating) on RottenTomatoes.

And New Line Cinema is going to be taking a Journey again - was there ever a doubt? - with Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton and writers Brian and Mark Gunn returning for more Jules Verne-inspired adventures. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Peyton talked about returning to the world Verne created for another 3D adventure film:

"I grew up a fan of Verne, so I know a lot about the mythologies. 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. We're going to go to a completely different world. 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," said Peyton.

There's no word yet on whether any of the cast will be back (Josh Hutcherson's kind of busy with the whole Hunger Games franchise at the moment).

(Photo © New Line Cinema)

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