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Dwayne Johnson Smells What's Cooking On THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND!!

Merrick here...
It's been assumed for a while that Brendan Fraser would return for the oft-mentioned JOURNEY OT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH sequel - now called JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND. Seems such assumptions would be incorrect. So says THR. Apparently there were issues surrounding the picture's start date, hence Fraser won't be returning. Dwayne Johnson will now appear as the adult male lead in JOURNEY 2 - playing the boyfriend of Josh Hutcherson's mom (Hutcherson's Sean Anderson is returning from the first film). Johnson is swept away on an adventure with Josh, in a concept said to be loosely based on Jules Verne's THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND . Brad Peyton (CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE) will direct JOURNEY 2, which is to be shot in 3D. Moderately budgeted at around $60 million, 2008's progenitor movie grossed nearly $242 million globally.
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  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Anyone looking forward to this?

    by relayer

    I didn't think so.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    The Rock - obscurity awaits.

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    Same with you Fraser.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    So they can rape TWO...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...Jules Verne-based franchises at the SAME TIME! BrrrrRILLIANT!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I guess I have to add...

    by relayer


  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    like Stone Cold asks...

    by yourSTEPDADDY


  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST


    by RpgSama

    Dwayne Johnson need to fire his manager PRONTO!!!! what happened to this guy, he was going to be a new action hero, but no, this shit...

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Can we not come up with a decent action role

    by Can_You_Fly_Bobby

    to put Dwayne Johnson in?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Wow, Johnson has truly hit Rock-Bottom.

    by SilentGunman

    See what I did there?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    if anything

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    Rock made me laugh when he died in the Other Guys and said the infamous "im a pimp. pimps dont committ suicide" (paraphrased)... and yes,. i somehow, enjoy the hell out Southland Tales

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    I hope his upcoming action movie makes big $$$

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    Seriously. Someone MUST save him from doing these shit movies! There is nothing wrong with making movies for the whole family, it's just that he always picks bad ones.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    The Rock as Kraven the Hunter! Make it so!

    by jim

    (although I think Ian McShane would be all kinds of awesome in that role, if they wanted to go a bit older).

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    I smell what the Rock is cookin'...

    by art123guy

    ...and it stinks.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    It's Fraser, not FrasIER

    by Bot-Bot

    And it's pronounced Frayzer. Everyone gets it wrong.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Loosely based?

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    They're two separate books, and one has nothing to do with the other.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Fraser was not available for the sequel.

    by bobbofatz

    He has been missing for a while now. Apparently he is in search of his credibility.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    So as with Clash Of The Titans, will we now all of

    by skimn

    Harryhausen's past work rebooted/remade with nice and shiny 3D CGI creatures?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    The Mysterious Island

    by HSStudios

    The book would not be a thrilling movie. It's sort of like a slow mix of Robinson Crusoe and Lost. Nemo is in about one chapter of the whole book. They're probably going to dump 95% of the book and just do some riff on Cap'n Nemo's secret base.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    The Rock is cookin' 'cause he gotta eat!

    by Karl Childers

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Love the Rock hes so talented but...

    by Taragor

    Seriously, was Brenden Fraiser busy making a sequel to the animals attack movie he just made? Come on Rock, pic better roles or don't take the crap they hand you! Kids are great, I have two doesnt mean you have to work with them in every movie!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Fraser's too busy doing... the mummy 4

    by ahdvd

    When did Brendan Fraser become a B list actor?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST


    by berserkrl

    was a sequel to two other Verne books -- 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and THE CHILDREN OF CAPTAIN GRANT (the latter often translated as IN SEARCH OF THE CASTAWAYS). It has nothing to do with JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. All have been filmed previously; one movie version of THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND tried to spice it up with giant insects, or maybe it was giant crustaceans -- I mercifully forget.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    big fraser fan

    by pettitsusername

    will be skipping this shit. first one was awesome.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Will they use a real crab's body again?

    by Orionsangels

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    berserkrl, I'm assuming you're referring to

    by skimn

    Harryhausen's version from 1961. The giant beasts (crab, bees, chicken-thingy, etc.) were Nemo's attempt to solve world hunger. It also contained, IMHO, Bernard Herrmann's best score of his Harryhausen efforts.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by wampa 1

    ...but it sure smells good!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Tooth Fairy! Tooth Fairy!

    by Dapper Swindler

    Fucking Tooth Fairy! No words are needed!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    God DAMNIT! <br><br>Just when I think Dwayne is back on track..

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    <br><Br>Seriously, after the awesome RUNDOWN and the so-so WALKING TALL, he was slumming in kiddie roles for years, he seemed to be coming back to real action with this fall's FASTER, PROTECTION, and even Fast & Furious 5. <br> Now it seems he's going back to the crap. <br><br>

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Samoan and Black CANADIAN

    by Meadowe

    I do believe that Rocky Johnson is from my neighbors to the North.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Meadowe, his father was Canadian,

    by jim

    and he briefly played in the CFL, but he was born in California.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST


    by SleepyMan


  • Sept. 1, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    This guy was on the fast track to take over from Schwartzenegger

    by Ironhelix

    ...and now he does this shit. What the fuck happened? He's a likeable enough guy, but apparently he's semi-retarded.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST


    by shiekybaby


  • Sept. 1, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    So....Can We Just Make This Another LOST TB?

    by Crow3711

    God knows we need one. Finale ruled, by the way.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    mysterious island

    by scrapegoat

    kinda liked the original but then again i was a kid(saw it in the '60's) but the journey/earth remake was awful if they do that to island they should be unemployed,i can do better than that

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Hallmark or Robert Halmi or somebody

    by skimn

    made a version a few years back with Patrick Stewart and Kyle MacLaghlin (sp) with awful CGI creatures (giant spiders? geez..)and despite the decent cast was terrible. It didn't contain a hint of the sense of wonder (I loved the old Cinefantastique mag), that Harryhausen's did. I fear this will be the same, except with Dwayne Johnson's patented WTF look on his face.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by redkamel

    Mysterious island was the sequel to 20000 leagues under the sea, not journey to the center of the earth. Cant they get anything right in holywood?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Seriously, what the fuck?

    by Bass Ackwards

    He seems to be purposely steering his career toward these shitty forgettable family films.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Was that the one with Michael Craig?

    by alan_poon

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Remember when Arnie passed the torch

    by hallmitchell

    To him in Welcome to the Jungle? What a disappointment.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    I Smell Steaming Shit and @ss on Mysterious Island

    by jericho1368

    Really. Sounds shitty.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    The Rock Says This...

    by Double M

    ...You take your little BS talkback ...shine it up real nice...turn that sumbitch sideways and stick it straight up your candy ass!! The Mysterious Island will be THE MOST electrifying movie in AAALLL of entertainment.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Double M

    by alan_poon

    But he forgot to raise one eyebrow so it's not a valid argument.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    The first one was pretty bad

    by tomimt

    It really didn't have much going for it and I doubt anyone was really expecting this sequal to arise. But maybe they'll use tagline: experience a sequal to the adventure, which did okay at the BO, but didn't arise any bigger excitement. Now starring the Rock.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    I am a rock, I am an iiiiiisland

    by leo54304

    and a rock feels no pain<br> and an island never cries

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Wow, so people went to see the first one?

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Rock/Fraser take similar paths.

    by TheReverendDavidLee

    Fraser - had great comedic movies (Encino Man, Airheads, Blast from the Past) then went action (Mummy franchise) and went to shit with kiddie movies. He almost redeemed himself with Crash, but sunk deeper. The Rock started with Scorpion King, The Rundown, Walking Tall, and is sinking fast. He came up for air with The Other Guys, and Protection, but sadly he's being dragged back down with this. I fear that when Fraser and Johnson crossed paths in the Mummy Returns, they discovered the TRUE Mummy's curse.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    hallmitchell - where are you?

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    Welcome to the Jungle was a considered title (among others), but it was released as The Rundown. Did it come out as WTTJ in some other country??

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by Dapper Swindler

    You do NOT come back from that!

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Yup, again

    by The StarWolf

    A 'loose' remake of an already fine film. feh.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    DAMMIT!!! Thought The Rock was getting cool again with Faster..

    by david_boreanez_cunt_hairz


  • Sept. 1, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Hey, The Rock!!

    by looferingo

    Your a big guy but your out of shape. Stop taking the easy pg family film route, punch your publicist in the face and take three risky straight to dvd hardcore action flicks onboard whilst you still have some creative control. Do not make me mess you up.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST


    by gonkdroid

    sweet lord! somebody get this man on the right path. why exactly weren't you in predators again?

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    by gonkdroid

    *were you not

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Can they just leave him stranded on the island? (nt)

    by Triple_J_72

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Your move.... Rock

    by xile1c

    The Rock needs to find himself an agent that'll get him some good directors. Talk about bad choice after bad choice. Get him some action with Cameron or Nolan or Aronofsky. Dwayne Johnson is... RoboCop.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    I'm sure The Rock is a charismatic dude in person

    by talbotnoooooooo

    but he's either a sellout or got absolute shit taste in movies, or maybe a mix of both

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    LOST! YES!

    by D.Vader

    Let's make it another LOST tb. Afterall, the phrase "mysterious Island" will forever be associated with the show now.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    In what world...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...does Brendan Fraser turn down an easy paycheck movie? That guy would take the lead role in a family film about bestiality if the money was right.

  • Sept. 1, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Oh great, The Rock going brain dead again

    by IronEagle74

    Just when you thought The Rock was starting to get his senses, just when he signs up to do a couple of action movies, he then decides to go back to cornball movie making. Oyyy.......

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    "why exactly weren't you in predators again?"

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    You have to give him credit for appearing in non-franchise crapppy movies since he didnt want to be part of a movie that tarnished the only leftover scifi series with any gilmmer of hope.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Tooth Fairy 2 - Sexy Slumber Party!

    by Orionsangels

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST


    by The_All_Dead

    Oh Dwayne........

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Hollywood gives career roles to "their own kind"

    by Professor_Monster

    The reason Arnold was able to create a role for himself - same as Stallone - is because they worked with small movies at the beginnig of their career - building themselves with people, most of them non-jewish, like Cameron. Speilberg had nothing to do with their careers and he could have - but same as those in charge today,they would rather cast out of their temple than give chances to people the audience wants to see

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:01 a.m. CST

    This project has SUCK all over it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Rock's still in search of THAT role.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 6:23 a.m. CST

    I thought the sequel was about Atlantis...

    by Anna Valerious

    ...unless it figures into it...but I think Brendan needs to get a serious career boost after that train wreck known as "Furry Vengeance".

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST


    by bythehairofsanjaya

    was the worst movie I have ever seen in a theatre (beating out "Joe vs. The Volcano" a close 2nd). The animation was so bad they used thought bubbles for the animals speech instead of animating their mouths. From the credits it looks like a bunch of bored Arab sheiks just wanted to make a movie, threw some money at Hollywood (who was very happy to take it, thank you very much) and got ripped off in the process. A TOTAL **shame** on everyone involved with this piece of crap. And Brendan (who I do really like) must be having a mid-life crisis because he has let his body go to hell, is taking this crapper roles and obviously doesn't seem to care.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by MonkeyManReturns

    Something has happened here on this talkback that rarely happens...everyone is in agreement, and on two points: 1) that this movie idea is awful and you should stay away from it; 2) What happened man? Seriously, what happened? You were supposed to be the new action king. No-one would challenge you. You would have been the action guy that our kids would be talking about when they hit 40...the stuff of legends...but something has happened. Something terrible. You are accepting awful jobs. It can't be the money because you would earn more doing the action stuff. So its either you have a terrible agent...or you have shit for brains and are making one bad decision after the other...or you are listening to your wife who feels that you should be in something that the kids would enjoy...or someone has a video of you doing some sick shit, and you're being blackmailed. Whatever it is, repent. Revolt. Stand up and grab hold of those Samoan balls and say - I AM AN ACTION HERO AND FUCK ANYONE WHO EVER MAKES ME WEAR A TUTU WHILST CALLING ME A FAIRY!!! You were supposed to be the people's champ. that champ. This is your last chance. Otherwise someone like John Cena will take your title...and that would be horrendous. On another note, Scott Adkins...current action King. I say, yes.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    If this is all he'd getting offered - it's not his fault.

    by Professor_Monster

    And I'm sure that's the case - we don't live in the 80's where you couldn't see action movies fast enough before another one came out. We live in family friendly usa where movies are made for everyone - not just guys, and yes it sucks. i don't think Dwayne has a choice. When action movies are made - pussies are given the roles of men. Wimps like Matt Damon, Jude law

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    WTF Brenden Frasier?

    by kidicarus

    School Ties was the shit! So was the original Mummy. What the hell happened to you?! You too Rock, you big motherfucker. Why weren't you in the Expendables instead of that piece of shit cul-de-sac hair having UFC asshole?

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Dwayne is much better than crap like this?

    by Madmarek

    Why is he choosing such rubbish roles? Fire your agent Rock and get back to making the action movies we all expected you would be making!

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Doc Savage

    by NippleEffect

    For the love of God will someone make this movie with Dwayne as the Doc

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    This time Johnson plays the big crab instead of scorpion?

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    @crow: neither funny nor good, your idea!

    by wtriker1701

    LOST is over, get over it!

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Blame Hollywood

    by catlettuce4

    They aren't even making action movies of the type you are hoping Dwayne would star in (though might this change after Expendables' success?) The kiddie films pay the bills for him, I'm sure.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    So The Rock is just a jabroni now.

    by disfigurehead

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    er the Rock is actually starring in a an action movie

    by KilliK

    the new Fast and Furious sequel.yeah i know its not exactly an action movie,but its supposedly considered a "man" movie.supposedly.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    I just watched The Rundown again last night

    by Lang The Cat

    And I was lamenting the Rock not doing better films. He has been doing films that even Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler won't take. He really should be doing more action films or at least comedies like Be Cool (but better). He was great in Be Cool and one of the few things worth watching.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    The Rock as a substitute Brendon Frasier?

    by Subtitles_Off

    Yeah, that's about right.<P>Ruck The Fock.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Professor_Monster thinks The Rock isn't a pussy.

    by Subtitles_Off

    That's funny.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by MR. MURDOCH

    ...and it sure ain't THE ROCK's career... I really like the guy, shame... Everyone *IS* in agreement here. A true rarity. Fraser isn't getting his salary demands for this movie (whether you think he's worth it or not, he and his agent apparently do), that's why he isn't doing it, this news was out weeks/months ago...

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    3 to look forward to

    by gonkdroid

    Protection The Fast and the Furious 5 Faster

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST


    by Arcadian Del Sol

    The guy is swelling up way too fast. Lay off the In and Outs, Encino Man.

  • Sept. 2, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    fake choppah is workin it

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    and im starting to like it.

  • Sept. 3, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    by Unbreakable16

    Darn, I really like Dwayne Johnson, and wish they'd put him in better stuff. He's the kind of just charming action hero we don't have today much.