Thus, New Line and Walden Media are ready to go with Brad Peyton (the upcoming Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore) in the director's chair. They are also said to be preparing a script that positions young Josh Hutcherson as the star, just in case Fraser sticks to his guns. (Hutcherson played Fraser's nephew in the original.) The risk for the finance boys is that Journey 2 will be shot in 3D and boast a hefty budget; they think Fraser is the "magic ingredient" that powered The Mummy and its sequels, as well as the original Journey, to box office success. Personally, I think Journey made big bucks because of the novelty of its 3D effects -- it was one of the first, if if not the first, narrative features shot in that premium process. You could stick any pretty boy on the front of that money train and do about the same business.
Still, for all you Brendan Fraser fans out there, all I can say is: "Don't stop believing."