Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 by Hunter Stephenson
The first poster for this summer’s Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D is now online, and yes, it’s a poster for a movie, not some theme park extravaganza. Those stalactites almost look like the teeth of a giant monster. Weird. And is that Nessie in the background playing the old “I’m crushing your head” game with School Ties star Brendan Fraser? Ooh la la. And watch out for that exotic blue humming bird at the bottom; it’s coming right at you! Mikey likes it.
The debut directorial feature of visual effects maestro Eric Brevig (Men in Black, House II, Signs), Journey 3D is based on the Jules Verne novel of the same name (sans the technological spiffiness). IMDB reports that original director Paul Chart journeyed far far away from the project after New Line insisted the film require kooky glasses. The words “theme park” were apparently muttered as well. It was Chart’s favorite book ever.
Beowulf (3D IMAX, natch) made for one of my favorite theatrical experiences in recent memory, and I’m all for 3D films in the marketplace; but the fingers of 3D detractors are already pointing at Journey 3D as an example of how Hollywood plans to put the technology first and leave the plot hanging upside down for two hours. It’s a pretty wild conspiracy theory, and pretty funny too.