According to portfolio.com, Cary Granat, the CEO of Walden Media, is living his own three-dimensional nail-biter. "Journey to the Center of the Earth" will be the first major live-action, digital 3D release when it comes out July 11. It's a huge gamble this early in the gestation of 3D cinema. The movie's story is basically Indiana Jones Goes Spelunking. Its big selling point is its 3D visuals. "We created a 3D map (of the story) and hired writers to write to the map," says Granat, best known for making the Narnia movies. He initially hoped to open Journey in 1,700 theaters equipped for 3D. About 1,000 are ready. Granat, though, sounds confident. "I believe in 3D greatly," he pledges.
I've seen the film and I loved it! Here is an excerpt of my email to Walden Media president, Micheal Flaherty.
Great job!!! We had a blast watching this wild ride of an adventure film! The story could be subtitled, "'Temple of Doom' meets 'National Treasure.'" It's smart, thrilling, funny, spine-tingling without being dark or grotesque. The cast is well balanced and credible as their on-screen characters. Brandon Fraser is perfectly suited for his character. He's a favorite actor of mine, especially his charmingly naive, but brave character in "Blast form the Past." This one should do very well at the b.o. unless "Hellboy" or "Meet Dave" get any traction.
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There is a shortage of high quality family adventure movies. When one comes out we need to get behind it as a message of encouragement to the industry, "give us more!"