Dwayne Johnson Still Attached to Make Two More 'Journey' Sequels
Over two years ago, just after Journey 2: The Mysterious Island hit theaters, Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson were set to return in a third film, with director Brad Peyton and writers Mark and Brian Gunn all back in the same capacity as well. However, it sounds like the direction of the franchise has changed a bit as New Line has just hired Chad & Cary Hayes, the writers behind The Conjuring, to script not just Journey 3, but also Journey 4, both of which Johnson is already attached to lead. As for Hutcherson, THR says the actor isn't attached yet, but as the only star of both the previous films, he's expected to return.
Honestly, these films are just silly, childish, adventure fun, but mostly for kids, like theme park rides without the moving seats and carts. But Johnson has become a big star even in the past two years since Journey 2, so it's not surprising that New Line is keen on keeping him around. One would think that after having success with the Fast & Furious franchise and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (with a sequel in that franchise coming too), that he would stick with better quality fare; at least better as far as mindless blockbusters go.
These movies also feel like a step back for Hutcherson, who has become a decent sized star in his own right with a pivotal supporting role in The Hunger Games franchise. Of course, the actor hasn't quite proven himself as a box office draw or solid actor outside of the sci-fi franchise, with the exception of The Kids Are All Right, so this may not be a bad move for the actor. The Hayes brothers also teamed with Johnson on his earthquake action thriller San Andreas, and the forthcoming supernatural military action thriller Seal Team 666, so they seem to have a good working relationship. But can they turn this sill franchise around? It's probably going to take a decent director to make that happen too.