Variety reports that New Line Cinema and Walden Media will partner up for an all-new and new-fangled rendition of Jules Verne‘s "Journey to the Center of the Earth," which will be directed by first-timer Eric Brevig and will be entitled "Journey 3-D."
"Eric Brevig, who won a Special Achievement Academy Award for his visual effects work on "Total Recall," will make his feature directorial debut. D.V. DeVincentis ("High Fidelity") has written the script.
Visual effects vet Charlotte Huggins is producing, and production will begin in April.
Story centers on a teenager and his scientist father who stumble onto a message hidden in an ancient artifact. Their attempt to solve the riddle leads them into a previously unseen world and the creatures that inhabit it.
The film will be shot in live action, but the otherworldly landscapes and creatures will be supplied by high-definition, photo-real 3-D technology. Brevig will use cameras specially developed for Walden’s large-format 3-D films, which include the James Cameron-directed "Ghosts of the Abyss" and "Aliens of the Deep." Walden used the photo-real 3-D technology to bring creatures to life in the Andrew Adamson-directed "The Chronicles of Narnia," to be released next month by Disney."