'Journey 2' aligns stars like The Rock and Michael Caine
The stars are aligning for “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” the New Line Cinema 3D sequel to “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” now being shot in the Islands.
So "Battleship" and "Hawaii Five-0" aren't the only shows in town.
In "Journey 2," there’s a local dude, Dwayne Johnson ("The Scorpion King," "Race to Witch Mountain"), who will head the search for the returning young lead Josh Hutcherson’s missing grandfather, played by Oscar winner Michael Caine ("Sleuth," "The Dark Knight"), on a mysterious, uncharted island. Hmmm, sounds a bit like “Lost” without the polar bears, yeah?
The female leads are Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical” franchise), as a Pacific Islander; and Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City” franchise), playing Hutcherson's mom.
Which got us thinking: If Hudgens is spending some time here, will boyfriend Zac Efron be along for off-time fun in the sun? And regarding The Rock, whatever happened to the project that he was interested in doing — the biopic of King Kamehameha?
Brad Peyton (“Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore”) is directing the film, loosely based on Jules Vernes’ “The Mysterious Island.”
After local filming winds up, at Windward Oahu sites like Heeia and Kualoa Ranch, special effects underwater scenes will be done in January and February at a facility in Wilmington, N.C..
Warner Bros. will release the film in 2012.