Real D’s digital 3-D projection system will handle its first live-action feature film when New Line Cinema and Walden Media debut Journey 3-D, a new take on the classic Jules Verne Journey to the Center of the Earth. Sure to feature a generous helping of visual effects and CG animation, the film will roll out on approximately 1,500 screens in North America in the summer of 2008.
Starring Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson and Anita Briem, Journey 3-D is about a scientist who takes his nephew and a mountain guide on an expedition to a prehistoric lost world at the Earth’s core. In the modernized adaptation by scribe D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity) the scientist believes that Verne actually made such a trip and left his original manuscript as a map to the fantastic, subterranean environment.
Making his feature directorial debut with the pic is Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Eric Brevig, whose credits include The Island, The Day After Tomorrow and Pearl Harbor. To shoot the stereoscopic adventure story, he and cinematographer Chuck Shuman used the cameras developed for Walden Media’s and James Cameron’s 3D docs Ghosts of the Abyss and Aliens of the Deep.