Brendan Fraser might not be picky about the topics and genres of his films, but he is about who he works with. Deadline reports that there's some big upheaval swarming around the potential sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth. Warner Bros. wants the film to be ready for the fall of 2011, but director Eric Brevig is busy with Yogi Bear, and Brendan Fraser "felt strongly" about doing the sequel with him. So now Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore) is in as director, Fraser is backing out, and New Line and Walden Media are trying to rejig the film to star Josh Hutcherson.

Obviously, this is a risk on both sides. Leaving the project, Fraser is losing a big paycheck and film after the flop that was Furry Vengeance. The studios, meanwhile, are making an expensive 3D film with a kid who doesn't have the same name recognition and star power. (Let's face it -- it might hurt that Fraser rarely takes good gigs anymore, he is the go-to for family adventure.) Deadline calls the scenario a "game of chicken" and notes that Fraser might just come back like he did for the third Mummy movie.

Does it matter who journeys to the center? If Fraser's fall schedule is free, could he maybe pick up some non-familial fare? One could only hope...
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