Did you know that Walden Media, the folks behind the Chronicles of Narnia movies, are working on a new adaptation of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth? And it's going to be in 3D.
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.
I'm not concerned with how faithful it is to Verne's book, but the 3D element does worry me a bit. Although there are notable exceptions, it seems that most of the time 3D gets involved in a movie, things like story and characterization sorta get forgotten about. And though I'd like to be optimistic that this might be one of the exceptions, the fact that director Eric Brevig is a special effects guru (The Island, The Day After Tomorrow, Pearl Harbor) who's never directed before doesn't bode well.
But, hey. Brendan Fraser is great and it's bound to have him fighting some dinosaurs, so there's reason to hope.