Thesp will star in update of Verne classic

Brendan Fraser will topline “Journey 3-D,” Walden Media/New Line’s update of Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”

Fraser will portray a geologist who, with his teenage son, discovers a message hidden in an ancient artifact, leading them into a previously unseen world.

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, and visual effects vet Charlotte Huggins is producing.

“Journey 3-D” will be shot in live action, with the otherworldly landscapes and creatures supplied by high-definition, photo-real 3-D technology. Collaboration between Walden and New Line is the third along with “Hoot,” which opens next weekend, and “How to Eat Fried Worms,” slated for fall release.

Fraser, who will exec produce “Journey 3-D,” most recently starred in “Crash,” “The Air I Breathe” and “Journey to the End of the Night.”

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