The 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.
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