Seeing as Journey to the Center of the Earth was complete garbage, I am puzzled as to why Brendan Fraser isn’t keen on returning for the planned sequel. Films that are mediocre or worse are kind of his thing within Hollyvitz. However, he has chosen to skip this one since the director of the first film, Eric Brevig, is unavailable for the sequel because of a schedule conflict with another movie he is attached to direct: Yogi Bear. Apparently it just isn’t worth taking a journey to the center of the earth without having Brevig at your side.
With Fraser gone, the movie will instead receive a rewrite and some restructuring for it to focus on the character of Sean Anderson (played by Bridge to Terabithia star Josh Hutcherson), the nephew of Fraser’s character Professor Trevor Anderson. The movie is aiming for a release in the fall of next year.
Journey to the Center of the Earth 2 has also received a new director in the form of Brad Peyton, who has directed the upcoming feature Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore — this sounds very promising indeed. There’s a chance that Fraser could still return though, as this is basically the same stuff he went through with third Mummy flick, where he ultimately ended up reprising his role and the movie became a worldwide hit.